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Our Top 4 Ways to Use Myrrh

You could ask just about anyone what they know about Myrrh, and they could probably give you a couple quick answers. Myrrh was famously presented to baby Jesus in the Bible after all and has prominent mentions throughout religious texts dating back to ancient times. While notoriety-wise, it may take a back seat to its famous relative, Frankincense, Myrrh also has an incredibly rich history that is supported by both textual and archeological evidence. It was consistently used for a wide variety of ailments and at one point in time was considered even more valuable than gold.

Time for a quick history lesson!

Don’t worry—I’ll try to make it brief. But really, Myrrh has a wonderfully complex and fascinating history with plant lore galore. The name “Myrrh” comes a derivation of the Arabic word murr, meaning “bitter.” It played a critical role in the religious and medical practices of Ancient Egyptians and Hebrews as a healing unguent, embalming and incense ingredient, funeral herb, and ceremonial wine [1]. Greek philosopher Hippocrates, who fundamentally changed medical practices during his life in 460-370 BC, was especially enthralled with the properties of Myrrh. He mentions it more than any other plant in his writings.

Myrrh trees in the desert

There are also great myths revolving around the tree. In one, the resin of Myrrh is said to be from the tears of falcon-headed Horus, the Egyptian god of the sky. It also has an origin story coming from Greek mythology’s Princess Myrrha. Beware that this story, like many myths of the age, has strong adult themes.

If you’d like to learn some more about Myrrh’s interesting history, make sure to check out this nice article from History.com.

Fast forward to NOW.

Today, many people around the world still show lots of love to Myrrh. The essential oil comes from a small, thorny tree native to the deserts of Oman, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Somalia [2]. The tree’s resinous gum oozes from cuts or fissures on the bark, then hardens to “tears” that farmers scrape off and send for steam distillation.

So let’s take a look at what you can do with your bottle of Myrrh. Or, if you don’t have this oil, maybe you’ll find yourself suddenly inspired to add it to your collection!

1. Mood & Meditation

Woman meditating sitting down

Myrrh has a wonderful, gently calming effect on the nervous system. Because of this, it supports issues such as overthinking, worrying, and mental distraction [3]. Myrrh offers peace and inner stillness and is excellent to use alone or in a blend supporting meditation. To ease worry and tension, try diffusing Myrrh. Or, add 2 drops of Myrrh, 4 drops of Palo Santo, 2 drops of Frankincense Carteri, 1 drop of Neroli, and 1 drop of Mandarin to your personal aromatherapy inhaler. This blend will help ease troubled thoughts and support a positive mindset.

Its traditional use as a funeral herb was due to the peace and ability to ease sorrow in the face of grief [3]. Also, some believe it can create a bridge between worlds and is therefore thought to be beneficial for anyone who is experiencing loss [4].

Myrrh has a very earthy, dry, amber-wood aroma. If that type of aroma isn’t your favorite, consider blending it with other essential oils, such as Bergamot, Frankincense Serrata, Geranium Egyptian, and Cypress.

2. Beautiful Skin

Myrrh resin with green leaf

In the past and the present, Myrrh has been relied on to support a wide variety of skin concerns. It has a slight cooling action that helps reduce inflammation on the skin. It can also provide support to uncomfortable issues such as boils and exceptionally dry skin. Its antifungal properties make it great to use on the feet in the face of fungal infections [4]. Add a single drop of both Myrrh and Tea Tree into a carrier oil and rub onto your feet to help keep them protected!

Myrrh is also wonderful for helping mature skin stay nourished and gorgeous. It helps to reduce the appearance of redness, wrinkles, and scars when added to a carrier oil or lotion to 1%.

3. Promotes Oral Health

Wooden toothbrushes for oral health

Traditionally employed to support mouth, gum, and throat infections, Myrrh is still thought to provide benefit to our overall oral health [2,3]. This is due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You’ll find it commonly listed as an ingredient for natural homemade toothpaste and mouthwashes. When used as a mouth rinse, it helps support healthy gums and freshen your breath. Simply add a couple of drops to two teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil as an effective alternative to alcohol-based mouthwashes.

4. Soothes Inflammation

While we’ve already touched on how Myrrh’s anti-inflammatory properties can help with skin and oral care, that’s not all it’s good for! Sore joints and muscles can become incredibly uncomfortable when swollen or irritated. Myrrh can help. In an ounce of your favorite lotion, blend 6 drops of Black Pepper, 5 drops of Myrrh, 4 drops of German Chamomile, and 3 drops of Marjoram Sweet. Gently rub on your areas of concern to help reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and start feeling better!

 

Love Myrrh? Don’t forget to spread the word on our awesome Safe Essential Oil Recipes group on Facebook. With thousands of active essential oil enthusiasts, you’re going to love the community and inspiration!

Sources:

[1] Worwood, V. (2016). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 631.

[2] Harding, J. (2008). The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being. Watkins Publishing. Pgs. 150-151.

[3]  Mojay, G. (2005). Aromatherapy for healing the spirit: A guide to restoring emotional and mental balance through essential oils. London: Gaia. Pgs. 98-99.

[4]  Purchon, N., & Cantele, L. (2014). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. (Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 85.

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67 thoughts on “Our Top 4 Ways to Use Myrrh”

  • I bought myrrh a couple of months ago and I was so excited based on the description of the scent. After receiving it, I just haven’t been able to embrace the aroma when diffusing it, much to my disappointment. I’m excited to try a couple of the ideas here to see if I can fall in love with it a little more.

  • I have always been interested in the benefits of myrrh. I think i am going to have to add it to my skin care routine!

  • I think it’s so cool that these oils from the Bible are available. I’m very curious how it smells!

  • So many great way to use this! I bought mine on a whim over Christmas and haven’t even cracked the bottle open yet!

    1. Serena, Myrrh is potentially fetaltoxic, but I am not sure about it having estrogenic components. Feel free to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] and they may be able to provide you with more information 🙂

  • I need to try the mouthwash out! Thank you for the info on all things myrrh! It is so nice to have a blog like this to come read all this awesome info

  • It is my favorite oil. I used the plant itself long time ago to be treated from very severe and rare fungal infection in my right leg. It was so severe in a way that the doctors were thinking to cut my leg. When i was like 12 years old, my Mom’s friends made a tea out of boiled Myrrh. I inhaled its fumes and drink it too. It was the most bitter thing i ever tasted in my entire life, but i was cured almost instantly.

  • This post inspired me to get myrrh. It is a really nice scent, would recommend for diffusing in the morning. I will be back to purchase this when I run out!

  • I am so happy to hear of this wonderful oil, I’m in my late 70’s, don’t use makeup, but this oil will be perfect.Thank you so much for sharing the good news!

  • Thank you so much for all this important information! I used this oil but now I know better its effects!

  • I was very excited for this oil but struggle with using it, it doesn’t seem to suit me. I will definitely try out some ideas from the article to hopefully make more use out of it.

  • I have mixed Fantastic Franks with Myrrh and it is my new favorite blend now. I have many with Myrrh so I can change periodically.

  • I used myrrh for oral health for years, but didn’t realize it was also good for the skin. I am going to add some to my facial lotion and see how that works! Thanks for the great info PT!!

  • I’m finally ordering Myrrh— it’s been on my list for some time! So excited to utilize it in many different ways!!

  • Would you say that Frankincense offers most of the same benefits? I have lots of frankincense oil which I use in skin care products and find it is incredibly relaxing when I am stressed and anxious, this information was fascinating but not sure if Myrrh is different enough that I must add it to my collection!

    1. Emily, Frankincense does offer many similar benefits and can be used in place of Myrrh if needed 🙂

  • I can’t wait to add Myrrh to my oil collection. I’d like to make a deeply nourishing and moisturizing hand cream/balm/lotion with it.

  • I just got this over the weekend and cannot wait ti try it. My face has some very angry spots so I am hoping that I can calm them down!!!

  • Yes! I will beg getting a bottle so I can make a nice foot fungus blend for my hubby! Thank you.

  • I haven’t tried using Myrrh yet because of its higher price point, but with so many good uses it’s definitely going in my next order! Thanks for the great lesson!

  • I love myrrh!!! I have recently begun adding it to my hair products and the scalp treatment I make at home. I have diffused it a lot, often with lavender and patchouli.

  • I ordered my Myrrh last month just because it was a gift to Jesus so it has to be a good oil right!!!!! Now I know how I can use it lol. Thank you Plant Therapy for the wonderful information

  • I make a balm for muscle and joints. Apparently the ingredients are the same, except in use clove. Would Myrrh be more effective? I definitely prefer the smell of myrrh to clove. (Not one for spice.)

    1. Kathryn, Clove is a really powerful EO for muscle and joints. I wouldn’t say for sure that Myrrh would be more effective, but you’ll have to try it for yourself to be sure. We all have unique experiences with essential oils and what works for one person might not work for another. And even just your scent preference to Myrrh over Clove might make a huge difference for you, as that will drastically change the overall aroma!

  • Fascinating! I’ve read about the wonderful things myrhh does for the skin, but I had no idea that it had these other wonderful uses. Thank you!

  • My bottle of Myrrh arrived today, and this blog post gives me several new ideas for using it! Thank you for the information.

  • I can’t wait to get mine in the mail!
    I bought it for a face serum blend for my teen’s troubled skin. Now i will be sure to make a serum
    for my ‘more mature’ skin!
    I am also excited to try it with oil pulling!

  • Somehow this guy hot pushed to the back of my box…..I will have to get him front and center again!

  • This is an interesting article. I enjoy reading about the history of things. I make my own toothpaste already. Now I will look into incorporating Myrrh the next time I make it.

  • I have always heard of Myrrh being wonderful but had no idea of all of its wealth. On my list, cant wait to try it. Thanks Plant Therapy!

  • I can’t wait to try the Mood & Meditation (#1) blend!! I just received a request from one of my customers for a Mood blend. This will be a perfect fit for him and for my meditation practice.

  • I did not know myrrh was goid for oral health. I am going to give that a try. Than k s for the information.

  • Can’t wait for my myrhh!! Thank you for always informing me about the oils I need!! The story is crazy behind this one!!

  • I had no idea that myrry good for oral health. I am definitely going to try the mouthwash. Thanks for the information

  • Great ideas for using myrrh! I knew some of them but not all and I will definitely be trying the inhaler!

  • Great ideas for using myrrh! I knew some of them but not all and I will definitely be trying the inhaler!

  • Mine arrived yesterday and I’m so excited to try it. I’ve been searching for an oil to reduce the redness in my cheeks and am hoping that this, along with Melissa hydrosol might help.

    Instead of adding it to fractionated coconut oil, would it be safe to add it to cold pressed coconut oil and to be used while oil pulling?

    1. Yes! I recommend taking a moment to ensure the Myrrh is really well diluted in the cold pressed coconut oil first, just because the texture makes it a little more challenging compared to diluting with FCO 🙂

  • I have had this oil for a long time and didn’t know much about it. Thank you for the info! Totally going to try it on my skin!

  • Great info! I have not tried this oil yet, but now I’m excited to add this to my collection! Thank you!

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