Myrrh’s scientific name is Commiphora Myrrha and is native to Egypt. While the resin was frequently used in incense and perfumes in ancient Egypt, and the oil obtained from it was used for healing wounds in ancient Greece.
It may be easy to understand gold being a precious gift, but in truth, frankincense and myrrh’s value far outweighs that of gold. These plants are healing on an emotional, physical and spiritual level and more than simply symbols of the Christmas season.
Anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-microbial and anti-viral, astringent, expectorant, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anti catarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, anti-spasmodic, immune booster, improves circulation, body tonic.
A study published in the prestigious journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found that myrrh (Commiphora molmol) emulsion was able to protect against lead (PbAc)-induced hepatotoxicity.
The authors of the study concluded that myrrh emulsion is a “powerful antioxidant” that can “protect against PbAc-induced hepatic oxidative damage and immunotoxicity by reducing lipid peroxidation and enhancing the antioxidant and immune defense mechanisms.”
- protects against coughs and colds (viral infections), provides relief from mucus and phlegm, eases congestion, breathing trouble, etc.
- boosts and activates the immune system, prevents/aids microbial infections (cough, cold, fever, food poisoning, measles, chicken poxs etc.)
- works as a fungicide
Possible anticancer properties
A group of Chinese researchers revealed that extracts and compounds from Commiphora myrrha resin may be effective against human gynecologic cancer cells.2 Their findings were published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research.
A 2011 study found that myrrh essential oil was effective in fighting cancer cells and did shrink tumor size. It’s been shown to be effective against skin cancer.
If you’re struggling with stress or anxiety or you just want to improve your overall mood and outlook on life, myrrh oil is one of the best essential oils to use. Use in a diffuser for best results.
Myrrh oil is great for skin. It’s effective against reducing wrinkles or age and sunspots as well.
- heals wounds (essentially those of a ‘weeping’ nature), protects against infection and promotes healing
- relieves skin diseases (eczema, ringworm, etc.)
- soothes cracked and chapped skin
- used in gum and mouth (ulcer) preparations
People are advised not to consume high amounts of myrrh as it can potentially cause severe heart irregularities, according to a study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research.
Caution: Women who are pregnant should avoid taking myrrh by mouth as it may be a cause of miscarriage.