Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh essential oil has a warm, slightly musty, spicy balsamic odour and is pale yellow to amber in colour.
It is native to Africa, Somalia, Arabia and Yemen.
Myrrh oil is extracted by steam distillation of the oleo resin.
A-pinene, cadinene, limonene, cuminaldehyde, eugenol, m-cresol, heerabolene, acetic acid, formic acid and other sesquiterpenes and acids.
Anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, astringent, balsamic, carminative, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, sedative, digestive and pulmonary stimulant, stomachic, tonic, uterine and vulnerary.
- Myrrh oil is effective against excessive mucus in the lungs and helps to clear ailments such as colds, catarrh, coughs, sore throats and bronchitis.
- It is used for diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence and hemorrhoids.
- It is very good for mouth and gum disorders, such as mouth ulcers, pyorrhea, gingivitis, spongy gums and sore throats.
- On the skin, it is used with great success on boils, skin ulcers, bedsores, chapped and cracked skin, ringworm, weeping wounds, eczema and athlete's foot.
- It is of great help to promote menstruation and for relieving painful periods and to ease difficult labour in childbirth.
- Myrrh can be possibly toxic in high concentrations.
- It should not be used during pregnancy.