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Myrrh Oil

Commiphora myrrha

Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh essential oil has been used for thousands of years in traditional healing therapies and in religious ceremonies. Myrrh was one of the gifts given by the three wise men who visited Jesus in the New Testament. Quoted in Scripture 156 times, uses of myrrh oil in the Bible included use as an ointment, an incense, an embalming ingredient. Myrrh’s most common usage in the Bible is as a part of holy anointing oil.

Studies suggest that Myrrh may help kill harmful bacteria, parasites, and other microbes. It may also support oral health, help heal skin sores, and ease pain and swelling.

Myrrh essential oil is extracted from dried resins by steam distillation. Myrrh is a resin, or sap-like substance, that comes from a tree called Commiphora myrrha, common in Africa and the Middle East. Myrrh is botanically related to frankincense and is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world.

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Health Benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil

The health benefits of myrrh essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anticatarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory, and an antispasmodic substance.

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History of Myrrh Oil - Around the Globe

Even long before, Myrrh oil has served essential purposes. In 1st BC, Diodorus Siculus recorded that myrrh was traded from indigenous Ethiopia until it reached the Mediterranean region. Middle Eastern Cultures, as well as Egypt, used oil scented with myrrh in worshipping rituals. Egyptians use Myrrh to cure herpes. In ancient Egypt, myrrh was used in perfumes and incense. Greek soldiers used this oil in combat to clean, disinfect and stop wounds from bleeding. Myrrh has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.

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Anti-cancer Benefits

A lab-based study found that myrrh was able to reduce the proliferation or replication of human cancer cells. [1] Test-tube studies suggest that myrrh oil may help kill or slow the growth of cancer cells from the liver, prostate, breast, and skin. [2]

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Antibacterial Properties

Myrrh oil can help fight certain types of bacteria. Myrrh can fight skin irritations like acne, eczema, athlete’s foot. Studies have shown that Myrrh oils kill bacteria and other microbes. [3] One recent study found that burning myrrh and frankincense incense reduced airborne bacterial counts by 68% [4]

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Anti-inflammatory Properties

Myrrh oil contains compounds that interact with opioid receptors and tell your brain you’re not in pain. Myrrh blocks the production of inflammatory chemicals, which can cause some kind of swelling or pain. [5]

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Test-tube and animal studies show that myrrh oil is a powerful antioxidant and even more effective than vitamin E. [6]

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Myrrh oil may also deter the growth of skin fungi, including ringworm and athlete’s foot.

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Astringent Properties

Myrrh essential oil is an astringent, which means that it strengthens the gums and muscles and intestines.

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Blood Circulation

Myrrh oil can stimulate cell tissues and promotes proper blood circulation. It relieves muscle tension and stress.

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Nervous System Stimulant

Myrrh stimulates the pumping action of the heart, secretion of digestive juices and bile into the stomach, and keeps you alert and active by stimulating the brain and the nervous system.

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Oral Health

Due to its antimicrobial properties, myrrh has traditionally been used to treat oral infections. [7] Some natural mouthwashes and kinds of toothpaste contain myrrh oil, which may help relieve mouth sores and gum inflammation.

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Skin Health

Ancient Egyptians used Myrrh to prevent aging and maintain healthy skin. Applying diluted myrrh oil on your skin may aid wound healing and fight microbes that can cause infections.

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Spiritual Benefits

Spiritually, it is used for meditation, prayer, and ceremonies. It is said to bring with it the timeless healing of mother nature by bearing heavenly ancient secret essences. Emotionally and energetically, myrrh essential oil calms the mind and ushers in a sense of tranquility. It can bring inner stillness and help one reconnect to physical surroundings and one’s spiritual center.

How Myrrh Essential Oil is Made

To harvest myrrh, the tree trunks must be cut into to release the resin. The resin is allowed to dry and begins to look like tears all along the tree trunk. The resin is then collected and the essential oil is made from the sap via steam distillation.

Myrrh Oil Uses

Myrrh oil can be inhaled, applied topically, or used for oral care. It should not be swallowed.

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Myrrh Blends

Frankincense, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spruce, Pine, Patchouli, Cypress, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Tea Tree, and Thyme essential oil blend well with this oil.


Myrrh oil has reported side effects like allergies. Extra sensitive skin might not react as expected upon the application of essential oil. No one should swallow myrrh oil, as it can be toxic Myrrh essential oils should not be used by pregnant women.

Important Note on Quality

Not all oils are created equal. The purity of an essential oil determines how effective an essential oil can be. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants.

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