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Botanical name: Commiphora myrrha
Plant part: oleoresin
Method of extraction: steam distillation
Description: Myrrh is a reddish resin collected from the short thorny tree of the Commiphora myrrha plant. The trunk exudes a natural oleoresin that hardens into what is classified as reddish brown 'tears'. Native collectors make incisions into the trees in order to increase the yield. This oleoresin is steam distilled to create the essential oil.
Uses: Myrrh contains a number of flavonoids which assist in reducing inflammation and boosts the immune system. It is also reputed to be valued as a tonic, and is said to have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Myrrh essential oil is very aromatic and is thought to enhance spirituality. Aromatherapists use both myrrh and frankincense to draw on the deeply meditative and healing quality of the oils.
History: Known locally as 'guggulu', ancient Ayurvedic text prescribes myrrh for easing coughs and chest complaints and skin infections. Myrrh was also widely used as protection against the plagues. It is documented that the Egyptians were the first to use myrrh during worship and at funerals. The Parsees of northern India still use the resins in religious ceremonies: myrrh symbolises self-denial; frankincense represents spirituality, and gold the wealth of humankind.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
Cautions: Very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
Essential oils should be avoided in pregnancy due to their possible skin sensitising effects.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
Everyday, super simple uses for essential oils
Essential oils are used to fragrance soap (2%-3%), balms (0.5%), skin creams and butters (0.5%).