An ancient healer and remedy for a multitude of ailments and symptoms, Myrrh is a remarkable essential oil that you will likely run out of quickly. A popular aromatherapy oil, Myrrh's woody and smoky aroma is simply astonishing.
Discovered more than 3,700 years ago, Myrrh oil was used by the Ancient Egyptians during the embalming process and in perfumery and cosmetics. Known for its healing properties, Myrrh essential oil is a popular skin care ingredient used to soften fine lines and promote healthy skin.
The Myrrh tree is a petite shrub with knotted branches, trifoliate aromatic leaves and small white flowers and comes from the Commiphora specific. A natural oleoresin exudes from the trunk, producing a pale yellow liquid which hardens into reddish-brown tears, known as Myrrh.
Native along the Red Sea region in Somalia, Yemen and Ethiopia, small incisions are made into the bark of the trees to increase the yield. The gum resin is put through a steam distillation process to extract and bottle Myrrh essential oil.
Myrrh is also known to be combined often with Frankincense to get the combined benefits of these essential oils. If you are interested in this blend, also check out our Myrrh & Frankincense Essential Oil Blend
Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Resin
Blends Well With: Bergamot, and other citrus; Geranium, and other florals
Aroma: Woody, smoky, resinous, and herbaceous
Consistency: Thin - Medium
Color: Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 4-8 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Myrrh, known by its Latin derivative, Commiphora myrrha, has an incredible ability to heal and rejuvenate skin by adding moisture and healing scars. It's been touted for its use in cosmetics and skincare products to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Try it also to help calm reddened skin and acne breakouts in a DIY skin cleanser. Due to its anti-inflammatory and calming properties, it's a perfect oil to use for meditation, staying grounded, evening mood and being in the moment. Added to blends for cold and flu, its properties as antibacterial and antimicrobial, Myrrh acts as a great support for respiratory ailments such as bronchitis by helping to loosen phlegm. It also has a calming effect relieving stress. As a base note, it has a long life lasting in cool, dark conditions for up to 8 years.
- Resin oils tend to be thick and viscous due to the nature of its origin as the sap from a tree. After steam distillation, the resultant oil has a thick consistency and ranges in color from dark yellow to amber and dark brown. It can get sticky as well and bottles may be difficult to open if myrrh oil drips around the closure of the bottle. Be sure to wipe up any droplets before recapping.
- Animals, including dogs, metabolize essential oils differently than humans. Certain essential oils are not safe for use around dogs because they’ve been shown to produce negative side effects. If you decide to diffuse Lemongrass ensure proper ventilation and that your dog is free to leave the room if desired. That being said, puppies and dogs with health conditions may be too sensitive to essential oil exposure. We also do not recommend topical or oral application of essential oils unless advised by an animal aromatherapist. To understand a little more about safe oils for dogs, read this blog post.
- Due to its astringent properties, Myrrh is great to use in facial toners. Try blending it with Lavender and even a little Carrot Seed Oil in a little witch hazel and Lavender or Myrrh hydrosol. This toner is great for aging and wrinkles as well - explore blending it with a few drops of Palmarosa and Frankincense in a hydrosol. You can also use it in a cleansing face wash by blending it with other skin savvy essential oils, a small amount of witch hazel and Castille soap. Or make yourself a DIY facial oil with a carrier oil such as Hemp Seed Oil or cold pressed Avocado Oil.
- According to Tisserand, Myrrh due to its elements β-elemene and furanodiene, are antiangiogenic and potentially fetotoxic. These properties of Myrrh can cause a reduction in the growth of new blood vessels. Therefore, Myrrh is contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Whether or not the properties are able to cross the fetal placental border during gestation, we suggest avoiding the use of Myrrh during pregnancy and lactation.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically, especially with sensitive skin.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
RELAX: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Myrrh, 5 drops of Bergamot and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang.
FIRST AID: In a 1 ounce squeeze bottle add: 11 drops of Myrrh, 2 drops of Helichrysum, 3 drops of Lavender and 1 ounce aloe vera gel. Apply 2-3 times a day or as needed to assist the body's natural process of healing wounds.
TOENAIL CREAM: To a 2 ounce squeeze bottle add: 6 drops of Myrrh, 15 drops of Tea Tree, 4 drops of Clove and 2 ounces of unscented lotion. Apply on the affected area 2-3 times daily or as needed to help heal infection.
DRY SKIN LOTION: Add to a 1 ounce bottle with lotion pump: 3 drops of Myrrh, 3 drops of Rosewood and 2 tablespoons of Evening Primrose oil. Shake to mix well. Pump a small amount onto your finger and apply with gentle strokes to sensitive areas. (1% dilution)
MATURE SKIN: Add: 1 drop of Myrrh to 1 teaspoon of Rosehip oil. Apply to face, throat and the back of hands.
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