Because of its effectiveness and versatility, Myrrh has been valuable for centuries across many cultures. Ancient records show that Myrrh was so useful that it often was valued in its weight in gold.
Referenced in the bible as “the balm of Gilead,” Myrrh has so many different uses, and has been used throughout time. Here we will show you how Myrrh essential oil has many applications for you today.
Myrrh has such an interesting history! Due to its highly aromatic nature, myrrh has been used since ancient times for medicine, perfumery, incense, religious purposes, and burials. Myrrh is also known as one of the three gifts given to baby Jesus from the three wise men. But many people do not know about the wonderful healing qualities that Myrrh has to offer!
Where does Myrrh come from?
Myrrh is native to regions in both Africa and Arabia. It comes from a small tree, known as the Commiphora Myrrha which produces a sap that hardens into the resin known as Myrrh. This tree is a thorny tree or a shrub and produces just a few leaves along with rugged and angled branches.
When extracted, sap from the myrrh tree, also referred to as myrrh gum, eventually hardens and dries into myrrh resin. When the myrrh tree is harvested, it “bleeds” the tree sap, which then turns hard and glossy. Through steam distillation, myrrh resin is converted into an essential oil with a dry, woody aroma.
Myrrh Oil Uses and Primary Benefits
- Ability to cleanse the mouth and throat: To take advantage of the cleansing properties of Myrrh oil, consider incorporating it into your daily oral hygiene routine by adding one or two drops of Myrrh essential oil to your toothpaste. We do this to add the additional cleansing benefits. For an effective mouth rinse, we combine one drop of Myrrh oil and two ounces of water. Gargle this combination for 30 seconds for an extra clean feeling.
- Promotes a youthful-looking complexion: Myrrh promotes a youthful looking complexion and sooths your skin. Try adding one or two drops of Myrrh to your daily lotion or moisturizer. I use this daily and it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Helps promote healthy nails: I have a problem with dry and cracking cuticles, so I use this DIY Cuticle Cream to help give my nails the moisture they need. Just mix Lemon, Frankincense, and Myrrh oil (10 drops of each) with about a ¼ cup of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to help your cuticles and nails feel so much better! This blend can also be used on your hands, lips, or any dry skin.
- Diffusion: Myrrh essential oil is a popular choice for diffusion. If your tension levels are high, try using Myrrh to help you feel emotionally balanced and to promote feelings of well-being. I diffuse Myrrh essential oil when I want to uplift my mood and help my awareness. Plus, diffusing Myrrh oil when I feel like my tension levels are high promotes emotional balance and well-being. Myrrh is also popular to diffuse during the holidays or any special occasions. For me, I see that it helps to maintain peaceful feelings throughout our home.
- Shaving: Shaving may be essential, but razor bumps are not. Get the relief you need for your skin with this awesome Razor Relief Serum that is made with doTERRA essential oils. It will help your skin to both look and feel beautiful. And remember, it works for all of us, women and men!
Recipe for Razor Relief Serum
- 5 drops Myrrh oil
- 5 drops Lavender oil
- 5 drops Melaleuca oil
- 5 drops Helichrysum oil
- 5 drops Frankincense oil
- ½ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup rosewater
- How to use it:
- Put the Fractionated Coconut Oil and rosewater in a glass spray or pump bottle.
- Add the essential oils and shake it all up.
- After shaving, spray it directly on your skin, or place two to three pumps in your palm and rub on the affected skin.
- SPA Treatments: Are you a fan of at-home spa treatments? Myrrh essential oil really comes in handy during spa night at home. For example, simply mix two or three drops of Myrrh oil with doTERRA Spa Lotion to help add a smooth touch to your callused or dry feet. You can also mix Lemon, Frankincense, and Myrrh oil (10 drops of each) with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to help soften your cuticles.
- Myrrh has powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat: We like to add 1 – 2 drops to our toothpaste for added cleansing benefits. Also, make a drink by adding 1 – 2 drops to ¼ cup of water with a little agave or honey and it will help to ease your stomach distress. Sounds crazy right? But I know this works, I use it regularly.
And if THAT’s NOT ENOUGH, here are a few more uses for MYYRH:
- Antioxidant, astringent, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral.
- Anti-tumoral, anti-fungal, calmative, anti-spasmodic.
- Analgesic (pain relieving benefits).
- Has powerful cleansing properties especially for the mouth and throat, anti-microbial, colds, flu, cough, canker sores, mouth ulcers.
- Great for gingivitis, toothache, gum infections, and even wrinkles.
REMEMBER – Here are the ways that Myrrh Essential Oil can help you –
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity
- AND — Myrrh stimulates the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. It fights infections and speed recovery. It also helps dry up mucus so great for any kind of sinus issues.
Whether you want to promote youthful skin, emotional balance, or for body cleansing, Myrrh has almost limitless uses for your day to day life. Most importantly, when you buy essential oils from doTERRA, you are assured that each bottle is safe to use at home and with your family.
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