Ancient Wisdom

Myrrh Essential Oil


Myrrh Essential Oil
Latin name: commiphora myrrha
Source - Somalia

Myrrh is one of the oldest known essential oils, having been used by the Ancient Egyptians around 4,000 years ago, and is used even today in some religious ceremonies.

Oil extracted by steam distillation from the oleoresin-gum

Scent is spicy, warm, resinous, balsamic
Colour is dark brown

Can be used on bedsores, on wounds, and for haemorrhoids
It is useful for diarrhoea, dyspepsia and flatulence
Excellent for healing the skin athletes foot, fungal infection, eczema, chapped and cracked skin and it can be used on mature skin because of its regenerative properties
Also very good for gum disorders, mouth ulcers, gingivitis and spongy gums
It is anti-inflammatory and has a strong analgesic effect
It boosts the bodys ability to strengthen its resistance to infection
It works as an expectorant, so can be used for coughs, colds and flu
It can stimulate menstruation and ease period pains

Other applications:
It is believed to enhance spirituality, traditionally used with frankincense for this purpose

Non-irritant, non-sensitising, but could be toxic in high concentrations
It is a uterine stimulant, so should not be used in pregnancy
Not for babies, infants or children under 12

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