- Distillation Method: CO2-se
- Country of Origin: Somalia
- Plant Part: Resin
- Latin Name: Commiphora myrrha
- Cultivation: Wild Grown
About the Oil: Myrrh essential oil is highly prized for both its healing and spiritual abilities; it has one of the highest sesquiterpene contents. Sesquiterpene is a compound that can directly affect the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala.
The CO2 distillation process is especially effective for Frankincense and Myrrh to extract all their important components. This is wonderfully smooth, rich Myrrh essential oil variety.
Note: CO2 extracts generally include some larger molecules compared to their steam-distilled counterparts. Some may not be suitable for use in a nebulizing diffuser (unless blended with a thinner oil) – though most will be just fine in an ‘ultrasonic’ unit. Learn more about CO2 extracts on our Making Essential Oils page.
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About The Plant
Myrrh trees, native to northern India and North Africa, grow up to 10 meters in height, have sturdy, knotted branches, trifoliate aromatic leaves, and produce small white flowers. The trunk exudes a natural oleoresin when pierced, and the pale yellow liquid hardens into reddish-brown droplets known as Myrrh. Only a certain amount of the resin is taken from each tree to ensure their continued health.
About The Oil
Essential oil of Myrrh is a pale yellow/amber oily liquid with a warm, sweet-balsamic, slightly spicy-medicinal scent. It is highly prized for both its healing and spiritual abilities primarily because it has one of the highest sesquiterpene contents of any essential oil. Sesquiterpenes are compounds that directly affect the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala.
The supercritical CO2 distillation process is especially effective for Myrrh (and Frankincense) to extract all its important components. Ours is wonderfully smooth, rich and complex variety.
The name Myrrh is derived from the Arabic and Hebrew word mur, which means bitter. It is one of the oldest known aromatic substances, which is mentioned as far back as 4000 years. An ingredient of incense used for religious ceremonies and fumigations by the ancient Egyptians, it was also an ingredient of the famous Egyptian perfume 'kyphi', and was an important ingredient in embalming. It was reputed to reduce wrinkles and preserve a youthful complexion. Egyptian women used myrrh in their facial preparations (it has a slightly cooling effect on the skin, and so would be especially useful in a hot dry climate).
Myrrh's therapeutic properties are frequently mentioned in the old and new testaments, the Koran, and in Greek and Roman texts. As described by the new testament, Myrrh resin was one of the gifts brought by the Magi to the baby Jesus (the others being gold and Frankincense).
As an ancient 'esoteric' magical herb, Myrrh is said to bridge Heaven and Earth, strengthening the connection between our crown and base chakras. This may allow the manifestation of dreams into this earthly realm. As a 'Funeral' herb, Myrrh is said to ease grief and heal emotional wounds, bringing peace and calm. Its extraction from the solitary tree in the desert represents strength in harsh conditions.
Protects cells against oxidative damage
Nourishes the skin
Helps heal burns and wounds
Encourages cell regeneration
Minimizes stretch marks
Firms and contracts exposed tissue
Reduces moisture loss
Tones and restores venous circulation
Promotes the healing of tissues
Indicated for: mature skin, slowhealing wounds, weeping eczema, athlete's foot, chapped skin.
Reduces the production of mucous
Aids in the expulsion of mucous
Stimulates the bronchi
Increases absorption in the intestines
Promotes normal peristalsis
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response
Stimulates the uterus
Promotes and regulates menstruation
Instills a deep sense of calm and tranquility
Calms the nervous system
According to TCM, Myrrh is warming and drying and is recommended for conditions associated with dampness.
Myrrh essential oil is wonderfully suited to individuals prone to overthinking, worry, and mental distraction. It is used as a meditation aid and can be used to strengthen the base chakra as well as create a bridge between heaven and earth, connecting all the chakras. Especially valuable for people who feel emotionally or spiritually stuck and want to move forward in their lives, it allows manifestation of dreams into the earthly realm
Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
Massage, compress, bath, douche, ointment, skincare
Used neat, as a single essence, or in combination (with Sandalwood and Frankincense), Myrrh can anoint the 'third eye' as a meditation or yoga aid. Apply to the temples or center of the forehead for spiritual opening.
1-3 drops in water daily as a temporary aid.
This supercritical CO2 distillation of Myrrh has a warm, sweet floral top note, a slightly medicinal and herbaceous middle note and balsamic, slightly spicy undertones.
Myrrh mixes well with: Frankincense Oil, Lavender Oil, Patchouli Oil, and Sandalwood Oil.
Myrrh essential oil is a non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant. Many physicians in ancient medicine considered it an aborti-facient, and even though this has not been proven true, it is strongly recommended that it not be used during pregnancy.
Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction