Commiphora myrrha

Some people will remember this lovely oil from a miracle healing blend I’ve made for some people who’s wounds were taking long to heal.  Most people will recall the oil from the Bible where it was one of the gifts brought to Jesus at the time of his birth.  Myrrh was very important in biblical times and is mentioned over a hundred times in the Bible.  It was often used to purify and embalm the dead.

Myrrh is actually a resin which originates from a tree in Africa and the Middle East. The tree grows in very dry desert conditions and often looks gnarled and twisted in shape. To obtain the Myrrh from the tree, the trunks are cut to release the resin, which is then left to dry.  Later it is collected and the essential oil is made from the sap via steam distillation.  It is dark yellow to orange in colour and has a divine smoky, bitter aroma. Myrrh is often used in spiritual environments and to enhance meditation.

Myrrh has been used as a natural healing remedy for thousands of years. It contains incredible antioxidant properties and is being researched for its potential in treating cancers. Myrrh oil is very beneficial to the respiratory system which placed into a vapouriser will help relieve congestion in the chest and ease bronchitis. Used in a carrier oil and rubbed into the chest and throat area, it will help relieve coughing, ease colds and sore throats.

Added to a neutral cream or lotion and applied to the skin, it is incredibly beneficial for treating very dry, cracked skin, scrapes, scratches. Because it has incredible anti-fungal, antiviral and antimicrobial properties, it can be applied neat onto wounds and skin infections.  A drop or two of Myrrh essential oil mixed into a teaspoon of coconut oil and rubbed into the feet to will help with cracked heels, athletes foot and other infections.

Myrrh essential oils blends well with Benzoin, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

Pregnant women and breastfeeding moms should avoid the use of Myrrh.  Keep out of the reach of children. Always do a patch test of the oil before applying it to your skin to test for irritation, and only use in small quantities at a time.

Myrrh essential oil should also be avoided by people using anticoagulants such as Warfarin, as well as people on diabetes medication.