Myrrh Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Commiphora Myrrha
Plant Part: Resin
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Color: Golden yellow to brown.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with essential oils: Frankincense, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tea Tree and Thyme, White.
Aromatic Scent: Warm, rich, spicy, balsamic, delicate, complex, exotic, mysterious.
Practical Uses: A few drops of Myrrh oil in an aroma burner is beneficial for treating respiratory ailments and creating a meditative environment. Diluted in massage or bath oil, Myrrh helps fight colds and flu, and assists in balancing female hormones and easing painful menstruation. Myrrh is also quite beneficial for the skin. When used in a skin cream or lotion, Myrrh quickens the healing of numerous of skin conditions, such as eczema, athlete’s foot, acne, chapped and dry skin, and others. It may be added to mouthwash to speed the healing of mouth sores. Myrrh oil has been studied in empirical scientific inquiries. The results showed that myrrh oil lowers blood glucose, acts as an analgesic agent, and lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, among other benefits.
Description: Myrrh is a reddish resin collected from the short thorny tree of the Commiphora Myrrha plant. The trunk exudes a natural oleoresin that hardens into what is classified as reddish brown "tears". Native collectors make incisions into the trees in order to increase the yield.When a tree wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree bleeds a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum. Myrrh gum is waxy, and coagulates quickly. After the harvest, the gum becomes hard and glossy. The gum is yellowish, and may be either clear or opaque. It darkens deeply as it ages, and white streaks emerge. Myrrh resin is a natural gum.
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