The first mention of myrrh was made in the bible, where the three wise men brought it as a valuable gift for baby Jesus. It was highly valuable to the Egyptians and Greeks in those days for the several benefits it provided. Alternatively known as frankincense, myrrh essential oil has been in use for several centuries. It is actually a resin that is extracted from the myrrh tree found primarily in Egypt. Due to its rich fragrance, it has been used in perfumes and incense. Apart from these uses, it has also been used medicinally by the Greeks, to treat a variety of skin conditions.
As has been mentioned, the wondrous myrrh oil has been used to treat several health conditions that plague the human body. Its benefits are mentioned here.
- Benefits for Skin
One of the most important uses of myrrh oil is that it helps relieve those suffering from eczema. It's antifungal properties cure the itch caused by this condition, and it even cures jock strap itch. Other uses of this oil for skin include its use to cure athlete's foot, wounds, cuts, burns, acne and boils, chapped lips, cracked heels, and dry and inflamed skin. Regular use also helps in keeping the skin young and beautiful.
- Antibacterial Properties
The properties of myrrh oil include the ability to fight bacteria and viruses. It is thus, widely used to fight the common cold, cough, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems.
- Gum and Mouth Diseases
It works as an effective remedy for gum and mouth diseases, from a simple toothache to mouth ulcers and gingivitis. It is also a good breath freshener. As such, the uses of myrrh include its use as a natural ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpaste.
- Strengthens Immune System
Myrrh essential oil has been known to affect the glandular system and balance it. It has been found to benefit those with hypothyroidism, and even strengthen the immune system.
- Aids Digestion
The ingestion of this essential oil greatly helps in maintaining digestive health and cures problems such as stomach upset and indigestion.
- Emotional Effects
The antidepressant and sedative properties of this oil help uplift the mood and relieve stress. It is due to these effects that it is used in aromatherapy. It contains a chemical compound that affects the pituitary gland, and thus, has a calming effect on the mind and body.
- Uses in Meditation
Due to its uplifting quality, myrrh oil is often used as an incense with sandalwood by those who meditate, as it stimulates the chakras or the zones of energy in the body. For this purpose it has also been used as an anointment on the third eye or the area between the two eyes, at the center of the forehead.
Unfortunately, if not used in the right manner, myrrh oil can produce a number of side effects that can adversely affect human health. Keep in mind these warnings while using myrrh essential oil.
- Though it is an essential oil and is used as a herbal remedy, this essential oil should not be used (and particularly consumed) without consulting a qualified practitioner.
- No essential oil should be used undiluted. It should first be diluted in a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil before being applied topically.
- Those who are known to have sensitive skin should avoid the use of this oil.
- Myrrh oil is known to induce menstruation, and should not be used by pregnant women as it may induce an abortion.
- When ingested, it may affect the medication one may be taking for diabetes. Also, if taken in large quantities, it has the ability to affect the heart rate.
After consulting a qualified herbalist, you are free to take complete advantage and benefit from the numerous uses of myrrh essential oil.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of an expert.