If you ask most people 'Hey, what do you know about myrrh oil?', they will tell you that this was one of the gifts that the three wise men brought to baby Jesus and that's pretty much it.
But myrrh is so much more. Today I am going to tell you all about its numerous skin benefits and how to use it safely and effectively so you can get the healthy and nourished skin you dream for.
What is Myrrh Oil?
The name myrrh is derived from the Arabic word for murr which means bitter. Anciently, similarly to frankincense, myrrh was valued more than gold.
Myrrh is darker and heavier than frankincense.
The oil is believed to be very strong and feminine earth energy oil.
Today we use myrrh oil so widely from aromatherapy to soothing rashes, healing wounds and smoothing wrinkles.
You can add it to your face creams, body lotions, serums and moisturizers.
History of Myrrh Oil
Myrrh oil is the first oil to be mentioned in the Old Testament and the last to be mentioned in the New Testament. It was also one of the first herbs Jesus used in His life and was used on His body after His death.
Myrrh's therapeutic properties were mentioned not only in the Old Testament, but also at the New Testament, the Koran, as well as in ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Greek and Roman texts.
Traditional doctors in China have used myrrh to treat arthritis and fractures. India’s ayurvedic healers know myrrh oil for its anti-inflammatory powers. Ancient Egyptians used myrrh as an antiseptic.
A Syrian legend tells how the tree received its name. The legend is about the Syrian king Thesis’ daughter, whose name was Myrrha. She was transformed by the protective gods into a Myrrh tree to escape the homicidal fury of her father. It is believed that the tree’s tears are actually Myrrha’s tears.
How it's made
Myrrh oil is distilled from sap-like resin, also referred as myrrh 'tears'. This resin is derived from the small, thorny Commiphora myrrha tree, which is related to Boswellia sacra (the Frankincense tree).
Uses Myrrh Oil
Skin Benefits of Myrrh Oil
Can you use myrrh oil for mouth hygiene?
As a huge fan of holistic remedies, I do feel that natural oral health care products are lacking.
I suffer from something called 'geographic tongue'. This is a condition that causes a map-like appearance of the upper surface and sides of the tongue.
According to doctors it is just a condition, not an illness and there is nothing I can do about it. However I am determined to get my pink-colored, even-toned, smooth-surfaced tongue back.
I am trying different kinds of remedies and doing my research for each of them carefully. The reason I haven't tried using myrrh oil for mouth health is the lack of science that its internal use is safe. And as far as I know, internal use of myrrh oil may have toxic effects.
The only oils I take internally are the Young Living's vitality oils, also referred as 'Plus Oils'. Those are approved by FDA and safe for consumption. Even though Young Living offers a wide range of these Plus Oils, myrrh isn't in the list.
Before ingesting oils or using them as a mouth wash, please seek advice from a doctor or someone well-educated in aromatherapy.
Is Myrrh Oil safe?
If used in moderation and in the correct dosage (properly diluted), myrrh oil is safe for adults. However, as with other essential oils, you should use it with caution.
Myrrh oil is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing moms.
Young children, elderly and people with certain health problems should seek advice from a well-educated aromatherapy specialist.
As with ALL other essential oils, make sure that you dilute your EOs in a carrier oil before topically applying them. It is also recommended that before introducing new oil to your routine, you should do a skin patch test on your inner.
If you are new to essential oils, be sure to check my beginners guide here.
To wrap it up
Along with frankincense, myrrh is one of the most special essential oils you can find on the market.
It is so versatile and potent and has been used for thousands of years.
Myrrh oil is a very calming, sedative type of oil.
Along with helping your skin stay moisturized, supple and youthful, myrrh oil boost your overall well-being and promote feelings of harmony and piece.
Do you use myrrh oil? Share your wisdom in the comments below.
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