Plant Origin: Somalia
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from gum/resin
Myrrh essential oil has an earthy, sweet, and grounding aroma and is known for its beautifying properties. Myrrh’s powerful benefits are often used in the cosmetic industry and its moisturizing and cleansing properties make it popular in high-end skin care and beauty products. The calming, complex aroma brings a deeper sense of spirituality to practices like yoga and meditation.
Myrrh essential oil is steam extracted from a red-brown resin that comes from the trees in the genus Commiphora. It has been used for centuries for its medicinal purposes, incense properties, and for beauty. It is even said to have been used in the embalming process of mummies in Egypt.
Myrrh essential oil is easy to use:
- Add a drop to your skincare routine. Myrrh is great to add into your toner, moisturizer, or wrinkle creams.
- Wear Myrrh essential oil as a daily perfume or cologne.
- Apply on the crown of your head, over your heart and chest, or on your wrists to elevate spiritual studies or practices.
- Create your own DIY skin cream and apply to areas that need added support. Add other skin loving essential oils like Frankincense, Lavender, and Helichrysum.
Historical Data: It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, the Ebers Papyrus (dating from 16th century BC), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes.
Fragrant Influence: Promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting. It contains sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, producing many vital hormones, including thyroid and growth hormone.
Application: Apply 2-4 drops on location, apply on chakras and/or Vita Flex points; inhale directly, diffuse
Genesis 37:25 -- "And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt."
Genesis 43:11 -- "And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take the best fruits in the lands in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds."
Exodus 30:23 -- "Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels."
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