The benefits of myrrh go back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. They used it as an antiseptic, to repel fleas and it was an ingredient to embalm the dead. They carried cones on their heads that contained myrrh to prevent sunburn and repel insects!
We also know that Myrrh was given to Baby Jesus along with Frankincense and Gold. So, Myrrh and Frankincense were considered luxury items used by the wealthy and highly regarded next to gold.
But the benefits of myrrh continue to astonish us in modern time. It is a powerful antioxidant and like frankincense it is now being considered by modern medicine to treat certain cancers and tumors.
Did you know that in 2001 Rutgers University scientists identified myrrh compounds that kill cancer cells? They were optimistic that myrhh can be used for the treatment and prevention of prostate and breast cancer. And to assist with the treatment of brain tumors (malignant).
Similar to Frankincense, myrrh contains up to 75% sesquiterpenes compounds that stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions. It also helps the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands that produce many of the important hormones in the body.
The benefits of myrrh include skin care. Since the Egyptians it has been used to maintain healthy skin, prevent skin aging and sooth chapped or cracked skin. Many of the skin care products and animal ointments I use contain myrrh essential oil.
Want to learn more benefits of myrrh? Just keep reading below! The next section will tell you how to use Myrrh oil and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun tips, testimonials and oil trivia!
As I receive new tips and testimonials they will be added to the page, so check back often!
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What is the Genus Species? Commiphora myrrh
Why is this information important? There are many species of Myrrh that are grown in different parts of the Africa and Arabia. And many varieties of the resin which essential oil is made from. The myrrha species have documented healing properties but some of the species are considered mediocre for medicinal use.
The myrrha species from Somalia has powerful healing properties and it is the one that I am most familiar with.
Much of the myrrh like frankincense, Melaleuca and Eucalyptus species is being adulterated (changed) or synthetically made. And most companies are selling it under the generic name myrrh. So always purchase essential oil form a reputable source and by genus species, as well as, common name.
What Part of the Plant is Used? Gum/resin
What is the ORAC Value? 379,800 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Myrrh is recorded in Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts on record? Ebers Papyrus dates to about 1550 BC and contains over 700 remedies for almost everything including cancer, asthma and of course, embalming.
Where is the name derived from? Myrrh comes from an Arabic word "murr" meaning "bitter".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What are the Plant Properties? Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, analgesic, anti-infectious, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent and tonic.
What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Myrrh? Bronchitis, diabetes, cancer, viral hepatitis, fungal infections (Candida, eczema, ringworm, athletes foot, vaginal thrush), tooth and gum conditions, skin conditions (wrinkles, stretch marks, chapped, cracked), diarrhea, dysentery, hyperthyroidism, and ulcers.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its warm and woody aroma is uplifting.
What is the Spiritual Influence? The benefits of Myrrh include the spiritual and emotional as well. Myrrh is very spiritual oil and has been used in religious ceremonies and rituals for over 5000 years!
Myrrh releases fears, difficult or painful experiences as it relates to us or the world. It asks us to be more accepting, trusting and non-judgmental of ourselves.
When we can love and trust ourselves more, than we don’t attract situations that are as painful and we learn to integrate our physical with our spiritual being.
Because this oil opens the heart chakra and is uplifting to the mind, it can relieve anxiety, stress and depression. Place on the heart to release this patterning and embrace relationships (self and others).
What Chakra is Affected? Promotes opening of the solar plexus and heart chakras.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Red and pink.
How do I use it?
Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this oil be used for Animals? Yes, good for skin conditions, repelling ticks and teething pain (puppies). It is an ingredient in Animal Scents Ointment that I use at the farm all the time for skin conditions and cuts and abrasions.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for healing results. Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA, Myrrh Oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities. Please remember, these are not the same oils and are often adulterated (changed).
One of the benefits of myrrh oil is that it is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). However, it is recommended to use this oil with caution during pregnancy.
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Myrrh was referred to in the Bible 156 times? That is the most frequently mentioned oil in the Bible!
Did you know that pregnant moms anointed themselves with myrrh to combat infections and to uplift their mood?
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Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User
More benefits of myrrh essential oil!
Rinse your mouth with a warm water and myrrh for mouth sores or ulcers!
Apply one to three drops of myrrh on your nails and at the base for thirty days to strengthen brittle nails!
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