Green Valley Aromatherapy

Myrrh

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General Properties

  • antifungal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • antiviral
  • astringent
  • expectorant
Origin: India. Steam distilled from the gum. Base note.

Description

Myrrh is the sap or resin from a tree, rather than a true essential oil, and is a smoky mysterious oil with unique healing qualities. The oil is pale to dark amber in color and has active constituents of limonene, dipentene, pinene and eugenol. Some of its countries of origin are Somalia, North Africa and Libya.

Myrrh has excellent fungicidal properties, which makes it well used in a vaginal douche against yeast infections, helping to alleviate the symptoms. As an antiseptic and astringent, Myrrh is good for the gums, as well as helping to heal mouth ulcers and other external skin conditions. Its antiseptic properties are also good for helping to treat asthma, coughs, chest infections and bronchitis. It is a great expectorant and will help to dry up excess mucous. It is also reported to have a tonic and stimulating action on the stomach as well as the entire digestive tract and is used as a remedy for diarrhea.

Myrrh blends well with Clove, Frankincense, Galbanum, Lavender, Patchouli and Sandalwood.

Specific Cautions

Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications

Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.