Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha) is steam-distilled from gum/resin of the plant. It is known for its warm, earthy, woody, balsamic odor.
Myrrh essential oil has anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, astringent, and tonic health properties. It has been traditionally used to promote healthy skin and support the immune system. Myrrh promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting.
This oil branches from ancient Greek mythology and has been used for thousands of years in religious rituals, embalming, treating leprosy, and more. Today, common uses of myrrh include allergies (skin), chapped/cracked skin, dysentery, gum disease, Hashimoto’s disease, hyperthyroidism, impetigo, inflammation, stretch marks, and ulcers.
Myrrh mainly affects the hormonal, immune, and nervous systems, so it can also be used to help with appetite (increase), bronchitis, digestion, eczema, decongesting the prostate gland, and skin conditions.
This oil should be applied directly to the area of concern or to Vita Flex points.
Safety Data: Myrrh has been approved by the FDA as a food additive and flavoring agent. Use with caution during pregnancy. Myrrh is not for children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over the age of 6.
Tips for Using Myrrh Essential Oil:
- Myrrh is great for your skin; try mixing some of your favorite carrier oils and butters with 5–10 drops of myrrh as body balm, facial moisturizer, lotion, wound care salve, or stretch mark cream. Follow the links for some great recipes to try.
- Add 2–3 drops of myrrh to 1 cup (240 g) epsom salt, or follow this recipe to make a Frankincense and Myrrh Bath Bomb, and add it to your bath for a relaxing and rejuvenating skin treatment.
- As myrrh oxidizes, it can become resinous and may even seal your bottle shut. Just rub some fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil on the inside of the lid to prevent the oil sticking to the lid.
- For a facial moisturizer, wrinkle treatment, and owie ointment, combine 5 drops myrrh, 3 drops frankincense, and 2 drops lavender in a 1/3 oz. roll-on bottle with 2 tsp. (10 ml) jojoba oil.
- Combine 5 drops myrrh, 4 drops rose, and 3 drops lemon for an emotionally uplifting diffuser blend.
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 112–13.
Aromatherapy Blends & Recipes by Franzesca Watson.