Myrrh

Essential Oil of Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

                                                                

Family: Burseraceae

Origin: Native to Somalia, Arabia and Yemen

Plant description: A small tree that can grow up to 16 feet high with light bark and knotted branches, few leaves and small white flowers.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Bark exudes a gum resin, which dries into reddish-brown lumps the size of a walnut

Extraction method: Steam distillation

Main Chemical Constituents: A-pinene, cadinene, limonene, cuminaldehyde, eugenol, m-cresol, heerbolene, acetic acid, formic acid, and other sesquiterpenes and acids.

PRECAUTIONS: Mostly non-irritating and non-sensitizing, but could be toxic in high dosage. An emmenagogue best avoided during pregnancy

PROPERTIES: anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, astringent, balsamic, carminative, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, sedative, digestive, and pulmonary stimulant, stomachic, tonic, uterine and vulnerary.

 

USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints:

Digestive: Used for diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence and hemorrhoids

Immune System: Helpful for coughs and sore throats. Stimulates white blood corpuscles and invigorates the immune system.

Mental/Emotional: Lifts feelings of weakness, apathy, and lack of incentive and has cooling effect on heated emotions.

Reproductive: Helps promote menstruation and relieves painful periods. Eases difficult labor in childbirth.

Respiratory system: Effective against excessive mucus in the lungs and helps to clear ailments such as colds, catarrh and coughs.

Urinary system: Helpful for hemorrhoids, urogenital and gynecological problems.

Skin care: Good for mouth and gum disorders such as ulcers, pyorrhea, gingivitis, and spongy gums. Great for boils, skin ulcers, bedsores, chapped and cracked skin, ringworm, eczema and athlete’s foot.

 

About this essential oil: Given as a gift to the infant Jesus with Frankincense and Gold as birthday gifts from the Magi. It was also mixed with wine and handed to him on the cross.

 

References:

  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar
  2. http://essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/myrrh.htm
  3. http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/myrrh-oil.asp
 

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