It may seem like an odd present for a newborn. But for people living in Biblical times, frankincense and myrrh were valuable commodities.
Where to Find Myrrh Oil
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Nowadays, virtually anyone can own a precious resin fit for a king. That’s because myrrh essential oil is available online.
Myrrh had many uses 2,000 years ago. Back then, it’s medicinal and antiseptic properties were well known. A new mother would probably have greatly appreciated this gift, as this highly fragrant resin was associated with cleanliness and had religious meanings as well.
This resin, which comes from the Commiphora myhrra tree, which grows throughout the Middle East and North Africa, has long been prized as a healing agent.
Myrrh Oil Essential Oil
Historically, myrrh has been used as incense, much like frankincense. It’s also been used in perfumes. You can also find myrrh essential oil, which is invigorating and uplifting.
The ancients were also well aware that myrrh had great healing potential, something modern scientists are now “discovering” once again.
Myrrh is known to be able to kill various pathogens. It’s also considered a good home remedy for upper respiratory infections. Some people rub myrrh oil on their chests to help clear their lungs, when they’re fighting a cold. This oil is also used to alleviate hay fever.
This resin is also believed to contain natural anti-inflammatory compounds. Actually, this is the primary reasons I use myrrh. Out of all my aromatics, I’ve found that myrrh essential oil is among the best for relieving my chronic nerve pain. As far as I’m aware, studies have not yet been done proving that myrrh can control pain. But I’ve decided not to wait.
Myrrh Oil for Energy
Another way I like to use myrrh is if I don’t go to bed early enough, and feel tired the next day. I rub some diluted myrrh essential oil the inside of my wrists. Although I have no scientific proof this works as a natural pick-me-up, it seems to have a positive effect on my energy level.
Some natural health experts recommend myrrh as an overall health tonic, as it may be able to help the body release toxins.
Where to Buy Myrrh Oil
I purchased my myrrh oil blend from Now Foods. I was very happy with the quality of the myrrh, which is a precious aromatic. Most of the time, I don’t buy oils from MLM companies.
Because myrrh is so strong, and just a little is needed, the oil shown here is a dilution of 20 percent myrrh, mixed with grape seed oil. I am very happy with this concentration, which is still quite strong and has a wonderful musky scent with a hint of citrus. In fact, I can further dilute it with grapeseed oil or another carrier, such as fractionated coconut oil, before applying it to my skin. Most aromatherapists recommend 2-3 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for a 2 percent dilution, to make it suitable for massage.
However, it’s also possible to buy pure myrrh essential oil, if you prefer to use it in a diffuser or if you like to mix it yourself, with your own carrier oil.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use myrrh oil, and diabetics and people with other chronic health problems should first speak with their physician before using myrrh. Also, myrrh should not be used in excess, as it can be toxic in large concentrations. Some alternative health experts say myrrh should not be used on young children.