Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh comes from a bush with knotted branches, and branchlets with sharp spines with scant leaves that are small and oval shaped.
- Botanical Family: Burseraceae
- Part of Plant Used: Resin
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Opopanax is known as Sweet Myrrh
- Chemistry: Myrrh is comprised of sesquiterpenes (curzerene, furanoeudesma-1,3-diene).
- Digestive: soothes mouth and gum ailments
- Respiratory: soothing to the respiratory system
- Reproductive: contains phytoestrogens and helps to regulate menstrual cycles and supports uterine health
- Skin: benefits the skin especially for mature and/or oily skin, inflamed skin conditions, cracked skin, and is applicable for wound healing
- Nervous System: soothing, calming, and centering for anxiety, depression, nervous tension, emotional trauma
- Energetics: grounding and purifying in order to heal the mind-body-spirit connection
- Spiritual: supports the Crown Chakra associated with the higher states of consciousness
- Scent Profile: Base note that is warm-spicy and balsamic in aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Myrrh can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Balsamic, Resinous
- Blends well with: Amber, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Dragons Blood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Labdanum, Lavender, Leather, Lemon, Musk, Nag champa, Neroli, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Suederal, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
- Myrrh may be fetotoxic due to b-elemene and furanodiene and should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.
Products Using Myrrh Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.