Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh essential oil is derived from the gummy resin of the small, thorny Myrrh tree and has been used for centuries for its internal and external health benefits. Ancient records show that Myrrh was deemed so valuable that at times it was valued at its weight in gold. Referenced in the Bible as the Balm of Gilead, Myrrh has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and medicine. It was also employed in embalming and religious ceremonies. Myrrh essential oil has powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat. It is also soothing to the skin - promoting a smooth, youthful looking complexion - and promotes emotional balance and well-being.

Primary Benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil

  • Powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat
  • Soothing to the skin; promotes a smooth, youthful-looking complexion
  • Promotes emotional balance and well-being

Properties of Myrrh

  • Anti-catarrhal: an agent that helps remove excess catarrh from the body. Expectorants help promote the removal of mucus from the respiratory system.
  • Anti-fungal: an agent that prevents and combats fungal infection.
  • Anti-infectious: an agent that prevents and combats the spread of germs.
  • Anti-inflammatory: an agent that alleviates inflammation.
  • Anti-microbial: an agent that resists or destroys pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Anti-parasitic: an agent that prevents and destroys parasites.
  • Anti-septic: an agent that destroys and prevents the development of microbes.
  • Anti-viral: an agent that inhibits the growth of a virus.
  • Astringent

Uses of Myrrh

  • Add 1–2 drops to toothpaste for added cleansing benefits and to promote oral health.
  • Diffuse to help promote awareness and uplift your mood.
  • Add to your lotion/moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Add 1–2 drops to ¼ cup of water with a little agave or honey to help stomach aches.
  • Apply on location for chapped lips or skin.
  • Massage into stretch marks.
  • Use topically on thyroid and adrenals for hypothyroidism.
  • Mix two drops Myrrh with one teaspoon of raw honey for a cough.
  • Blend Myrrh and Lavender with coconut oil for dry or cracked heels, elbows and knuckles.

Body Systems Primarily Affected by Myrrh

  • Hormonal System
  • Immune System
  • Nervous System
  • Skin and Hair

Notes on Blending

  • Classification: Equalizer (10% to 15% of the blend) and Modifier (5% to 8% of the blend)
  • Blends well with Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood and all spice oils

Main Chemical Component

Myrrh Sesquiterpenoid, Curzerene

Additional Information

PubMed.gov - Composition and potential anti-cancer activities of essential oils obtained from myrrh and frankincense

Quality of the Essential Oil

The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.

Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region
  • Grown without chemical pesticides
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Supplier has relations with distillers
  • Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
  • Third-party testing of each batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of oils