Plant/part: Bush/stem/branches (source : north africa, asia, somalia)
Latin name: Commiphora murrha
Aroma: Smoky, gum-like and slightly musky.
Properties: Myrrh has been used since ancient times as a sacred incense, a perfume, and as a therapeutic agent. It has a rich, smoky, balsamic odour and is soothing to the skin, centring, visualising and meditative. The sap or resin from a tree rather than a true essential oil. One of the oldest-known perfume materials. Myrrh has a long history of use as incense, especially with frankincense. Add to cream for protecting against cracking and chapping in the cold. Used as a fixative in perfumery.
Seems to give a lift to feelings of weakness, apathy and lack of incentive. However, also said to have a cooling effect on heated emotions. Said to stimulate white blood corpuscles and invigorate the immune system. Its direct anti-microbe effect helps quick recovery from disease.
Principally has a ‘drying’ action and effective against excessive mucous in the lungs. It is said to work powerfully on pulmonary complaints generally, being cleansing in action and treating such ailments as bronchitis, cold s, sore throats, catarrh, pharyngitis and coughs. Supposedly helpful with glandular fever, a virus accompanied by sore throat. Excellent for all mouth and gum disorders – said to be about the best treatment for ulcers, pyorrhoea, gingivitis and spongy gums. May also help with bad breath due to abnormal gastric fermentation’s. A tonic to the stomach therefore, stimulating appetite, stemming diarrhoea, easing flatulence, acidity and piles.
Chemical constituents: Herabolene, limone, dipentene, pinene, eugenol.
Precautions: During pregnancy use myrrh only in moderation.
Blends: Benozin, clove, frankincense, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood.