Myrrh Commiphora myrrha Base note Antibacterial, revitalizing, comforting
Myrrh is common in Africa or the Middle East. Botanically related to Frankincense, one of the most widely used essential oils in the world. It was used by many cultures in the ancient world, used by the Egyptians in the embalming process because of its remarkable preserving action on the skin. ( It is also mentioned 152 times in the bible.)
The myrrh tree is distinctive due to its white flowers and knotted tree trunk. In order to harvest myrrh the tree trunks must be cut into to release the resin. The resin is allowed to dry and begins to look like tears all along the tree trunk. The resin is then collected and the essential oil is made from the sap via steam distillation.The oil is a yellowish, orange color with a viscous consistency. It is commonly used as a base for perfume and other fragrances.
Myrrh oil has a smoky, sweet or sometimes bitter smell. The word myrrh comes from the Arabic word “murr” meaning bitter.
Properties : antioxidant, anti cancer,ant-parasidic, wound healing, moisturiser, relaxant, expectorant, citriscant and antiseptic.
Used to treat
Restore and revitalize tired or mature skin, minimise wrinkles.
Wound healing in a lotion for dry, chapped and cracked hands during
Chesty Coughs colds, brionchitis.
Muscle and joint pains
Mouthwash : ulcers, halitosis, sore gums.
Comforting and uplifting when used in a burner or vapouriser