A pale yellow to amber, viscous oil obtained by steam distillation of the gum/resin of the small Myrrh tree.
Commiphora myrrha Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Myrrh Essential Oil are:
Masking, Skin Conditioning, Tonic
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Excellent for chapped and cracked skin, so include it is gardener's hand creams.
Use in foot creams for athlete’s foot where as well as being fungicidal, it helps stops itching skin.
Include in sports lotions and gels as it improves the circulation around joints and muscles.
For men, it also helps to calm down “jock itch”.
As it is astringent and antibacterial, it is excellent to help dry out over greasy, acne prone skin and boils.
It dramatically speeds up the healing process of damaged skin.
Stops itchy scalp when used in shampoos and conditioners.
Use with Frankincense for cleansing a room on an esoteric level.
With Calendula infused oil as an antifungal in foot creams.
Do not use in excess and not at all during pregnancy.
Warning: Essential oils can be toxic to some animals. Consult a veterinary surgeon if concerned.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists where there are thick exudations or lots of mucous like thick, caked throats or with gingivitis.
It cleanses the mouth and gums after dental work.
It will shift stubborn catarrh and help dry out upper respiratory tract infections.
Excellent for treating haemorrhoids.
Helps stops the itching with weeping eczema.
Used as a uterine stimulant to promote menstruation.
Used throughout history as a perfume, incense and medicine.
The Ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process, whilst the soldiers of Ancient Greece carried a bottle of oil with them into battle and used it as a styptic to stops wounds bleeding.
Listed in the Bible as one of the gifts to the newborn Jesus along with Gold and Frankincense.