Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha
Origin: Somalia, distilled in France
Part Used: Resin
Process: Steam Distillation
Plant Description: Native to southern Arabia (Oman, Yemen), the shores of the Red Sea (Sudan), and northeastern Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia). Myrrh plants grow in arid regions and poor soil in the form of small thicket shrubs, or small stunted trees that grow to a height of 33 feet, with small narrow leaves and gnarly branches. Bark of the branches and trunks contains numerous secretory canals; exuded resin from natural cracks or incisions in the bark hardens into dark, bitter lumps from which the essential oil is steam distilled. The name murr is Arabic for bitter.
Oil Description: Pale yellow, pale orange to amber-colored oily liquid with a dry, warm, sharp balsamic, resinous, and somewhat spicy aroma that sweetens in the dryout, with a slightly camphoraceous or medicinal top note.
Historical/Traditional Uses: (more to come)
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Myrrh essential oil, with its antioxidant, analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic and non-mutagenic properties, has a wide range of use and is indicated for lowering cholesterol, inhibiting tumor growth, arthritis and other vascular conditions, respiratory conditions, gum disease, gastro-intestinal conditions, regulation of the thyroid, reproductive and urinary issues, and skin wounds. Myrrh has a cooling effect on the emotions and its centering properties help to instill confidence and awareness. In perfumery, Myrrh essential oil is a middle to base note with very good fixative properties that blends well with benzoin, clove and other spice oils, cypress, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, juniper, lavender, mandarin, mints, oakmoss, orange, patchouli, pine, sandalwood, tangerine, and thyme.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Myrrh essential oil is non-sensitizing and non-irritating; possibly toxic in high concentration.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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