Myrrh (Commiphora molmol)
With its woody, sweet and smoky fragrance, Myrrh is regarded as a natural skin preserver capable of delaying wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. It has a stimulating effect on the bloodstream, giving relief from aches, pains and bruising. Myrrh essential oil is used in aromatherapy for its ability to focus the mind and aid meditation.
Little known fact: In the Bible, Myrrh is mentioned 152 times.
What does Myrrh oil smell like?
Myrrh essential oil has a smoky, sweet fragrance that can sometimes be a little bitter. The warm woody aroma is used by shamen on account of its enigmatic properties, which is conducive for spiritual journeys and rituals.
Where does Myrrh oil originate from?
The knotted trunk of the Commiphora molmol is cut into to extract the thinck, sap-like resin from the tree. The resin leaks out of the cuts in tree in what is often described as tear shapes. Once dried, the resin is collected and steam-distilled to extract Myrrh essential oil. The name Myrrh comes from the Arabic word “murr,” meaning “bitter,” on account of its fragrance. The small, spiny tree grows to a height of around 4m and is native to Africa and Arabian peninsula.
What are the properties of Myrrh oil?
Myrrh is antiseptic, healing, and anti-inflammatory. It is also stimulating and strengthens the skin when applied topically. Inhaling Myrrh essential oil can help to relieve congestion as well as calming the mind and body with its bohemian, heady fragrance,
Myrrh essential oil can help the following ailments:
- Athlete’s foot
- Coughs and colds
- Cracked skin
- Gum infections
- Menstruation (outside of pregnancy)
- Mouth ulcers
- Respiratory disorders
- Sore throat
- Loss of voice
How to use Myrrh oil
Myrrh essential oil thickens slightly when it comes into contact with the air. To get your oil back to dropping consistency, steep the bottle in a cup of warm water for a few minutes before use.
Add a couple of drops of Myrrh essential oil to tablespoon of your regular shampoo. The astringent properties of Myrrh essential oil strengthens hair roots and helps to reduce hair loss. The woody fragrance will leave your tresses feeling luxurious and will help boost your energy for the day, while the oil itself will focus on relieving itchy, flaky scalps.
Use Myrrh essential oil topically, to help facilitate the fading of unwanted blemishes on the skin suchs as scars and bruises. Myrrh essence is an effective cleanser and moisturiser, while its astringent property tightens the skin to help prevent further cracking and chapping, making it an effective oil to use for reducing symptoms of eczema among other skin ailments.
To strengthen the muscles and smooth the skin, add a couple of drops of Myrrh essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can help to relieve indigestion and prevent toxins from accumulating in the circulatory system.
Myrrh oil recipes
Three Kings Body Lotion
In this instance were swapping gold for Ylang-Ylang essential oil, but that won’t stop the nourishing combination of Frankincense and Myrrh from hydrating and replenishing your skin’s natural vitamins and nutrients. This body lotion will also tone, lift and help heal and soothe the skin. This recipe will give you roughly enough for 30 full body latherings, simply increase or decrease the ingredients as necessary
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
Add these ingredients to a bowl, and slowly heat in a double boiler (over a saucepan of water). Remove from the heat as soon as the ingredients have melted and perfectly blended. Refrigerate to set this mixture before continuing to the next step.
Once the lotion has solidified, beat into a whipped, fluffy texture. The more you beat the mixture, the lighter your body lotion will become. Once you’re happy with the consistency, swirl in the following ingredients and mix thoroughly, decant and use as often as you like.
- 2 tablespoons vitamin E
- 10 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops Ylang-Ylang essential oil
- 20 drops Myrrh oil
This basic mouthwash can help to heal mouth ulcers, and the antiseptic mixture can also help to strengthen the gums. Mix together the following ingredients and add 8-10 drops to a small teacup of warm water. Use as a gargle 2-3 times a day. As with all mouthwashes, do not swallow.
- 30ml tincture of myrrh
- 6-8 drops of Tea Tree, Peppermint or Cypress (or go for a mix of all three if you’re feeling brave, but no more that 6-8 drops of essential oil in total)
Essential oils to compliment Myrrh oil
Anything to note?
Do not use Myrrh essential oil during pregnancy, or while you are breastfeeding. Always do a patch test 48 hours before use. If in doubt, consult your doctor. Keep out of reach of children, and store in a cool, dark place.