A Little About Myrrh
There is a long history of the use of Myrrh dating back to ancient civilizations. The yellow sap is extracted from the bark of the tree and dries into reddish-brown lumps. The oil is made from these extractions and has a distinct sweet and smoky fragrance.
While Frankincense is nicknamed the “King of Oils”, Myrrh is regarded as the “Queen of Oils” due to its many health benefits.
*Caution: All essential oils are not created equal. Not all essential oils can be ingested. Make sure that the oils you are using are certified pure therapeutic grade and the label indicates that it/they are safe to take internally.
10 Uses for Myrrh Essential Oil
- Cough and congestion relief: Diffuse Myrrh or rub topically on the soles of the feet and on the chest to relieve heaviness and breathing trouble. Myrrh will also give you relief from excess mucus and phlegm.
- Wound protection: Apply Myrrh topically to your cuts, scrapes and burns resulting in faster healing and added protection from infections due to its antiseptic properties.
- Digestive aid: Add a drop or two of Myrrh to your water or rub locally on your stomach area to help with an upset tummy due to overeating or motion sickness from that long car ride.
- Promotes a healthy immune system: Myrrh stimulates the blood circulation getting that much needed oxygen to the tissues of the body and also boosts your metabolism.
- Hay fever relief: “Hay Fever” was the name used back in the day (and it still is) to indicate a seasonal allergy to plants and other natural growths. Prior to the advent of modern air polutants, hay fever was most common during the haying season — hence the name. By diffusing Myrrh, or taking internally, you can alleviate much of the discomfort from those sniffles and itchy eyes. Rub on the soles of your feet at bedtime to get a big benefit of Myrrh while you sleep.
- Skin rejuvenation: Add Myrrh to your current moisturizers and body lotions. This helps to tone the skin and to hold off premature aging.
- Cramps in your muscles: Do you wake at night with cramps or muscle spasms in your legs or toes? Rub some Myrrh on those areas and the muscles will relax. You may want to use a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil for ease in spreading the essential oil. (A general ratio is one drop of essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil.)
- Oral health: Add a few drops to some warm water and use as a mouthwash to promote oral health and prevent dental infections, inflamed gums, canker sores, and throat or nasal infections.
- Who wants a massage? Myrrh is noted for promoting lovely skin so adding some of this precious oil to your carrier oil of choice will give you extra health benefits while you relax under those healing hands of the massage therapist.
- Puppy with itchy skin? Combine Myrrh with a carrier oil and rub on your pet to soothe the itchy area. If possible cover the area for 10-20 minutes to allow for absorption and to keep the dog from licking the area. Myrrh can also repel ticks and help with teething pain in puppies.
*Note: Before using any essential oil with your dog, make sure to let them smell it on your hands or in a room where it is being diffused (with an easy exit for the dog) to get them used to the scent. A dog’s sense of smell is estimated to be over 100 times greater than that of a human. If they are sensitive to the smell, they will let you know by exiting the area, and therefore, do not use this oil for that dog — (other dogs may like the smell).
*Important Note: Pregnant women should avoid the use of Myrrh as it has been known to stimulate the uterus and could result in miscarriage.