Myrrh, Essential Oil
Latin Name: Commiphora myrrha Nees L.
Part of plant: Resin
Aroma Character: Warm, sweet-spicy, balsamic
Myrrh Properties: Relieves coughs and soothes ailments of respiratory tract; strengthens, stimulates, anti-spasmodic; antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, against infection, viruses, and parasites; expansive, promotes wound healins and scar formation, regulates thyroid gland.
Myrrh Indications: Bronchitis, coughing, colds, asthma; diarrhea, dysentery, viral hepatitis; inflammation of urinary tract ( bladder inflammation, inflammation of urethra); hyperfunction of thyroid gland; intestinal parasites (maw worm), skin ailments, skin ulcerations.
Myrrh Main Components: Pinene, limonene, delta-beta-elemene, alpha-copaene, myrrhenic acid, cuminic, and cinnamaldehyde.
Myrrh Contraindications, side effects: None known.
Myrrh is a shrubby bush or small tree with gnarled branches, aromatic leaves and white flowers. Incisions into the bark produce a yellow resin that hardens into red-brown 'tears' and the Essential Oil is steam-distilled from these 'tears' of hardened resin.
Myrrh is the first choice to treat athlete's foot, chronic wounds, ulcers and gum infections, and can also be used as a tincture. Its healing reputation stretches back more than four thousand years, and ancient Greek soldiers carried Myrrh into battle for psychic protection and first aid. Overall, Myrrh is healing, soothing and restorative.