Myrrh

The Egyptians believed that the fragrant odor pleased the gods and, therefore, burned the oil during religious ceremonies...

Commiphora myrrha

Note: Top - 3

Parts Used: oleo gum resin from bark of shrub

Source: steam distillation of the gum of the small tree native to North-East Africa and South-West Asia

Description and Odor Effect: light amber viscous liquid with a warm, balsamic odor which improves as the oil ages. The warm and musty scent of myrrh is a slight stimulant with euphoric properties, clearing as an inhalant.

Nature: warming, relaxing

Blends well with: camphor, lavender, frankincense, cypress, geranium, juniper berry, mints, patchouli, pine, sandalwood

Physical Uses: Myrrh is revitalizing for dry/mature skin and can preserve a youthful complexion. Myrrh promotes healing and is very good to use in the treatment of wrinkles, cracked skin, acne, dermatitis, eczema, skin ulcers, and athletes foot. In addition, myrrh can be used to treat bronchitis, coughs, colds and influenza. It is effective in any pulmonary conditions (lung conditions) gangrene, mouth ulcers, pyorrhoea (gum disease) or any degenerative disease. This oil is a cell re-builder.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Myrrh can help one who is in the grip of deep depression, grief and despair. This oil is sedative (nerve) soothing, uplifting....similar to neroli.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy.

Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, antidiabetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiputrid, antiseptic (strong), (infected gums), antispasmodic, antitussive, aperitive, astringent, balsamic, carminative, cicatrizant, cooling, deodorant, depurative, disinfectant, diuretic, drying, emmenagogue, expectorant, fixative, healing (traumatic injuries), hemostatic, invigorating (immune system), meditation aid, moisturizer, pectoral, rejuvenator (skin cells), revitalizing (skin), sedative, stimulant (digestive system), stomachic, sudorific, tonic (stomach), tonifying (cleanses and tightens the skin), vulnerary

Applications: massage, inhalations, mouthwash, vaporize

Keyword: Resinous

Myrrh Magic: Enhance meditation and spiritual awareness. Burn myrrh in conjunction with frankincense or other resins.

Myrrh Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To heal skin wounds:

  • 4 drops Myrrh
  • 2 drops German Chamomile
  • 4 drops Frankincense
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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