Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Myrrh essential oil-
Latin name: Commiphora myrrha
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Parts used: Resin
Countries of Origin: Somalia,
Perfumery note: Base
Color: Pale yellow to orange
Aroma: Warm, spicy, balsamic, rich, resinous
Point of interest: Was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process. Myrrh was one of the gifts given to Jesus by the Wisemen. Oldest aromatic known. Egyptian women used this in facial care. (Battaglia)
Properties: Contact an aromatherapist.
Energetics: Chakras-Crown, root. TCM-warming and drying. Associated with the Earth element. (Mojay)
Blends well with: other resins, and gums such as frankincense, benzoin and galbanum. Clove, lavender, and patchouli are other oils it blends well with.
Modes of application: Bath (diluted), Topical-compress, massage, salve, inhalation, diffuser.
Safety information: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. According to Tisserand & Young, may be fetotoxic due to the Beta-elemene and furanodiene. Contraindications: All routes-pregnancy and lactation.
Disclaimer: This information is intended for education purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA. This information may not be complete or fully accurate. This information is not intended to cure, diagnose, prevent or treat disease. As with all essential oils, always dilute prior to using topically and please perform a skin patch test prior to using. Essential oils, if used internally, should be under the direction of a qualified practitioner in Aromatic Medicine. Always seek the advise of a qualified, trained aromatherapist. Don't ever hesitate to ask about the education of the Aromatherapist. Keep out of the reach of children.