Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Myrrh is a reddish resin collected from the short thorny tree of the
Commiphora myrrha plant. The trunk exudes a natural oleoresin that
hardens into what is classified as reddish brown “tears”. Native
collectors make incisions into the trees in order to increase the yield.
Common Uses: Myrrh
contains a number of flavonoids which assist in reducing inflammation
and boosts the immune system by stimulating the production of white
blood cells. It is also reputed to be valued as a tonic. It is
beneficial for anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,
anti-infectious, hypothyroidism. Helps with diarrhea, dysentery, viral
hepatitis, ulcers, bronchitis, asthma, expelling mucus, toning lungs,
vaginal thrush, menstrual difficulties, stretch marks, cleansing
obstructions in the womb, recovery from illness, relieving the itch and
irritation of weeping eczema. Also, fungal infection (athlete”s foot,
candida, jock itch and ringworm) chapped and cracked skin, mature
complexions, wrinkles, hemorrhoids, gum infections, gingivitis, mouth
ulcers, and sore throat. Beneficial for voice loss, toning digestive
tract reducing stomach gas and acidity. Aromatherapists use it to
enhance and strengthen spirituality, purify spiritual environment,
prepare for teachings, balances upper and lower chakras, enhances
visualization, brings up deep hidden emotions, awaking awareness, fear,
overcoming irritability, calming, emotional coldness, soothing,
Blends well with: Frankincense, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tea Tree and Thyme.
Aromatic Scent: Myrrh Essential Oil has a warm, rich, spicy balsamic odor.
History: Known locally as “guggulu”, ancient Ayurvedic text prescribes Indian myrrh for easing coughs and chest complaints and skin infections. Myrrh was also widely used as protection against the plague. It is documented that the Egyptians were the first to use myrrh during worship and at funerals. The Parsees of northern India still use the resins in religious ceremonies: Myrrh symbolizes self-denial; Frankincense represents spirituality, and gold the wealth of humankind.
Cautions: Myrrh Essential Oil can be possibly toxic in high concentrations, and should not be used during pregnancy.
Myrrh Oil is steam distilled directly from myrrh resin. Resin is a sticky golden liquid that oozes from natural cracks or cuts in the trunks of the trees and hardens into irregularly shaped, deep reddish-brown, thick lumps. Natural resins provide therapeutic benefit, but sometimes are hard to work with in aromatherapy. Myrrh essential oil is extremely thick and sticky, similar to the consistency of honey. You may need to warm the Myrrh essential oil above 65 degrees, and remove the orifice reducer, to get it to pour from the bottle.
Vitruvian Natural Health does NOT dilute or extend their essential oils; therefore, because of the thick constancy, and in order to get any measurable drops, you will need to add the Myrrh essential oil to a carrier oil. A dilution 0f 1:4, adding ¼ of the Myrrh essential oil to ¾ carrier oil is equal to what most company’s already do to extend their Myrrh to make it user friendly. You should question the purity of Myrrh if it drips right out of the bottle’s orifice reducer when first opened.
Watch the video on how to mix VNH pure, undiluted Myrrh Essential Oil.