Commiphora myrrha

Botanical Family: Burseraceae (resinous trees and shrubs)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from gum/resin

Common Primary Uses: Cancer, Chapped/Cracked Skin, Congestion, Dysentery, Gum Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, Hepatitis, Hyperthyroidism, Infection, Liver Cirrhosis, Skin Ulcers, Stretch Marks, Ulcers (Duodenal), Weeping Wounds

Common Application Methods: Myrrh can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on the area of concern.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Place 1-2 drops under the tongue, or take in capsules.

Properties: Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, astringent, and tonic.

Historical Uses: Myrrh was used as incense in religious rituals, in embalming, and as a cure for cancer, leprosy, and syphilis. Myrrh, mixed with coriander and honey, was used to treat herpes.

French Medicinal Uses: Bronchitis, diarrhea, dysentery, hyperthyroidism, stretch marks, thrush, ulcers, vaginal thrush, viral hepatitis.

Other Possible Uses: Myrrh oil may help with appetite (increase), asthma, athlete’s foot, candida, catarrh (mucus), coughs, eczema, digestion, dyspepsia (impaired digestion), flatulence (gas), fungal infection, gingivitis, hemorrhoids, mouth ulcers, decongesting the prostate gland, ringworm, sore throats, skin conditions (chapped, cracked, and inflamed), wounds, and wrinkles.

Body System(s) Affected: Hormonal, Immune, and Nervous Systems; Skin.

Aromatic Influence: It promotes awareness and is uplifting.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Myrrh oil, in general, is approved by the FDA (21CFR172.510) for use as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: Use with caution during pregnancy.

Blend Classification: Modifier and Equalizer.

Blends With: Frankincense, lavender, sandalwood, and all spice oils.