Myrrh is a resin that comes from trees belonging to the genus Commiphora, which grow in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Myrrh is referenced throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Arabian people believed it helped wrinkled, chapped, and cracked skin. Myrrh oil is extracted by a process called steam distillation of the oleoresin-gum (crude myrrh) of the Burseraceae family. In addition, the oil obtained was also used for healing wounds in ancient Greece known for its musty aroma and is pale yellow to amber in color. It has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and medicine. We also know that Myrrh was given to Baby Jesus along with Frankincense and Gold. Therefore, Myrrh and Frankincense were considered luxury items used by the wealthy and highly regarded next to gold
Myrrh oil contains anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, astringent, balsamic, carminative, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, sedative, digestive and pulmonary stimulant, stomachic, tonic, uterine and vulnerary therapeutic properties.
- Myrrh oil can be used to prevent any ailment resulting from microbial infection, such as fever, food poisoning, cough and cold, mumps, measles, pox and infections of wounds.
- Myrrh oil can be consumed or applied externally to fight fungal infection.
- Myrrh oil tones up all the systems and organs in the body, gives them strength and protects them from premature aging and infections because of its tonic property.
- Myrrh oil can be mixed with water to produce a pleasant, effective mouthwash and it helps with oral health problems like abscesses, toothaches, and gingivitis and bad breath.
- Myrrh oil is good on the skin as it heals boils, skin ulcers, bedsores, chapped and cracked skin, ringworm, weeping wounds, eczema, and athlete’s foot.
- Myrrh oil is beneficial for the health of your stomach.
- Its emenagogue property makes it beneficial for women, emenagogue means that it normalizes menstruation and relieves the associated symptoms like those that mood swings and hormonal imbalances.
Myrrh oil should be avoided by pregnant women because it stimulates the uterus and could result in miscarriage; nevertheless, a doctor should be contacted before use.