Myrrh is a resin that comes from trees belonging to the genus Commiphora, which grow in Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Ancient Egyptians used myrrh and other essential oils to embalm mummies, as the oils not only provide a deep, calming fragrance but also acted as a preservative and slowed down decay. Scientists now know this is because the oils kill bacteria and other microbes. Hence, Myrrh is lauded by the skin care industry for its preserving and anti-ageing properties both for hair and skin (add a few drops into your shampoo or face cream to reap its benefits).
Used in hair, Myrrh Essential Oil’s astringency strengthens the roots and thus reduces hair loss. Along with addressing dandruff, its scent also stimulates the brain, promotes alertness, and boosts energy.
Additionally, in Biblical times, myrrh incense — often in combination with frankincense — was burned in places of worship to help purify the air and prevent the spread of contagious diseases, including those caused by bacteria.
One recent study found that burning myrrh and frankincense incense reduced airborne bacterial counts by 68 percent. Myrrh can directly kill bacteria, as well as stimulate the immune system to make more white blood cells, which also kill bacteria.
The sap-like substance, which has a unique sweet and smoky aroma, has a wide range of uses.
Myrrh oil is well-known for its ability to cleanse the mouth and throat. To take advantage of the cleansing properties of Myrrh oil, incorporate it into your daily oral hygiene routine. Add one or two drops of Myrrh oil to your toothpaste when you want added cleansing benefits. Or, for an effective mouth rinse, combine one drop of Myrrh oil and two ounces of water. Gargle the rinse for 30 seconds for an extra clean feeling.
Myrrh is used for indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, severe lung congestion, arthritis pain, cancer, leprosy, syphillis. It is also used as a stimulant and to increase menstrual flow.
Myrrh is applied directly to the mouth for soreness and swelling, inflamed gums (gingivitis), loose teeth, canker sores, bad breath, and chapped lips. It is also used topically for haemorrhoids, bedsores, wounds, abrasions, and boils.
Inhaling the aroma of myrrh essential oil is thought to transmit messages to the limbic system, a brain region involved in controlling emotions that also influences the nervous system.
When diffused to achieve a relaxed mood, inhaling the sedative scent of Myrrh is known to stabilize emotions, lift negative moods, promote the feeling of being grounded, and encourage the feeling of spiritual awakening.
Myrrh is a sacred essential oil that helps with recovery from intense emotions that come from being blindsided: such as accidents, surgery, trauma or sudden traumatic news like being diagnosed with a serious illness.
Myrrh buffers the heart from bad shocks while awakening the mind to be aware and present in the moment so the individual can still function after a shock.
Myrrh essential oil can also be used consistently over months to assist in gently releasing emotions that have been trapped or locked down for a long time. You might describe a person in dire need of this essential oil as someone who can’t cry, or is frozen, numb or in shock.
Myrrh heals childhood trauma and severe PTSD
Myrrh essential oil is associated with the soul’s relationship to its maternal mother? It heals primal bonds.
When a mother-child bond is broken, feelings of trust will be replaced with feelings of fear. You then constantly feel that the world is unsafe. Myrrh helps heal this disturbance. It can improve one’s ability to release childhood trauma and form trusting bonds.
If you are looking for a highly effective blend to assist recovery from childhood trauma, PTSD, acts of aggression or violence, surgery, or other emotional wounds an ideal combination of essential oils is geranium, myrrh, lemon balm, benzoin, grapefruit, cedarwood, turmeric.
It was a common practice for priests or priestesses to burn the resins over coal, usually in combination with frankincense. This is to release its scent and spiritual quality throughout the room. It is believed to help improve meditation for prayer. People would also burn it during funerals or other solemn events and blend it with citrus oils. If rubbed on the feet, knees, ankles, stomach and neck of a person who has just passed away, it allows the soul to leave the body in peace and pass on to the next realm.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking myrrh by mouth during pregnancy is UNSAFE and should be avoided. Myrrh can stimulate the uterus and might cause a miscarriage