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Botanical Name: Commiphora Myrrha
Country of Origin: Somalia
Extraction Method: Steam distillation of resin
Scent Profile: Woody, warm and spicy with a slightly medicinal overtone. Its aroma is reminiscent of Middle Eastern incenses and perfumes.
Perfumery Note: Middle/base note
Myrrh essential oil is extracted from the gum resin of Commiphora trees, which is native to eastern parts of Africa but can be found as far as the Arabian Peninsula and India. Used in perfumes, incense and even medicine throughout history, Myrrh has appeared in many key historical events such as the biblical story of "the 3 wise men" and has been used by many different groups of people including the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and even the Chinese in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In aromatherapy, Myrrh helps to reduce airborne bacteria, stimulate the immune system and treat cold & coughs. As an essential oil, diluted Myrrh essential oil can be used as a blam for bruises, aches and sprains due to its analgesic and antibacterial properties.
|Treats insomnia||Stimulate the immune system|
|Brighten one's mood||Treats pain and swellings|
|Promotes mental alertness||Treats respiratory-related ailments|
Anti-ageing: With a combination of astringency and antibacterial properties, Myrrh cleans and tightens the skin, preventing further cracking and sagging
Skin ailments: Myrrh facilitates in addressing certain skin issues such as itchiness, blemishes and reducing the effects eczema due to its antibacterial and high antioxidant properties.
Heals wounds and sprains: Due to its antibacterial and analgesic properties, Myrrh is an ideal natural remedy for scrapes, cuts, bruises, sprains and muscle aches.
Reduces airborne bacteria: Myrrh incense is known to reduce the airborne bacterial which in turn reduces the spread of contagious illnesses that are spread by airborne bacteria.
Treats respiratory-related ailments: Myrrh can be used to reduces the chances of getting cold or flu that is spread by airborne bacteria. Additionally, myrrh is known to reduce the discomfort of respiratory-related ailments like coughs and lung congestion, making it a perfect essential oil for the flu season.
Brightens mood: As a sedative and analgesic, Myrrh is able to lift a negative mood and brighten one's mood.
Reduces hair loss: Myrrh's astringency properties helps to strengthen the hair roots, preventing hair loss. Additionally, the antibacterial properties of Myrrh helps to reduce dandruff in hair.
For a traditionalist, you could opt to blend Myrrh oil with Frankincense oil to create a strong warm and woody scent with a strong antibacterial effect. Due to its woody and spicy scent, Myrrh blends well with other woody oils such as Sandwood. For those looking to a fresher scent, try mixing Myrrh with floral oils like Jasmine or Rose, or with leafy oils such as Tea Tree or Eucalyptus. For a sweet scent, try mixing it with citrus oils such as Grapefruit or Lemon.
Not for ingestion.