myrrh essential oil | 10ml
Escentia’s Myrrh is similar to Frankincense in that it has been used for centuries for spiritual connection and energetic clearing. It is said to be a potent antioxidant. It has been said to possess anti-cancer benefits and has been used as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic remedy. It has also been used to enhance skin health and ease relaxation. Myrrh has been used in pharmaceutical products, gargles, toothpaste, dentistry, and as a fixative; it is also used in perfumery for heavy florals and oriental notes. Many use myrrh to assist with hay fever and to clean and treat wounds; it can also be used as a paste to stop bleeding.
Product Specifications: Commiphora Myrrha is often distilled from many species of this shrub, specifically C Longipedicellia, C Terebenthina, C Monoica, C Corrugata and C Africana. They are grown over an arc, from East Africa to Arabia and across to India. A good deal of Myrrh originates in Somalia and Ethiopia. It is a tough shrub, having very spiny branches and twigs. The leaves grow in small tufts and consist of three leaflets up to 2cm long. The flowers have short stalks and are white to light green. They produce a fruit of 1cm in diameter.
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Myrrh is most commonly known as one of the gifts (along with gold and frankincense) the three wise men brought to Jesus in the New Testament. It was mentioned in the Bible 152 times. In order to harvest myrrh, the tree trunks must be cut into to release the resin. The resin is allowed to dry and begins to look like tears all along the tree trunk. The resin is then collected and the essential oil is made from the sap via steam distillation.
Myrrh oil has a smoky, sweet or sometimes bitter smell. The word myrrh comes from the Arabic word “murr” meaning bitter. The oil is a yellowish, orange color with a viscous consistency. It is commonly used as a base for perfume and other fragrances.
Two primary active compounds are found in myrrh, called terpenoids and sesquiterpenes, both of which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Sesquiterpenes specifically also have an effect on our emotional center in the hypothalamus, helping us remain calm and balanced. Both of these compounds are under investigation for their anticancer and antibacterial benefits, as well as other potential therapeutic uses.
Mind: Helpful with apathy and lack of incentive. It has a cooling effect on emotions.
Body: Well known ‘drying’ action against excessive mucous in the lungs. Powerful against bronchitis, colds, sore throats, catarrh, pharyngitis. Could help with glandular fever. Excellent for mouth and gum disorders. A tonic to the stomach, stimulating appetite, stemming diarrhoea, easing flatulence, acidity and piles. Of great benefit for scanty periods, leucorrhoea and thrush. Said to stimulate white blood corpuscles. Has a direct anti-microbe effect.
Skin: Powerful skin preservative qualities, with a cooling action that could reduce boils, skin ulcers, sores and weeping and chapped wounds.
technique of extraction method:
Myrrh is steam distilled from the crude myrrh. The oleo-gum-resin fills natural fissures in the bark, or exudes as a result of damage caused either by animals chewing the bark, or by deliberate incisions. The crude resin is divided primarily into Heerobol and Bisabol types. The first is reddish-brown and covered with a fine powder, the latter is softer with a deeper yellow colour. The oil can range from pale yellow to greenish or orange-brown. It is fairly thick and becomes sticky with age. It is one of the few essential oils whose fragrance improves with time. It is a warm-spicy, with peculiar pungent balsamic ‘lift’, which mellows to a ‘warmer’ character as the oil ages. It is a base note oil.
May affect sensitive skin. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Note: We supply Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha) and Myrrh Wildii from Southern Africa.