Myrrh Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha
Plant Part: Resin
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Though classified as shrubs, Myrrh can grow up to 10 Meters in height. The trunk exudes a natural oleoresin that hardens into what is classified as reddish brown “Tears”. Native collectors make incisions into the trees in order to increase the yield.
Color: Dark Brown
Consistency: Medium to Heavy.
Aroma Strength: Medium
Aromatic Scent: Myrrh essential oil has a warm, rich, spicy balsamic odor.
History: Myrrh has been used for centuries as an ingredient in incense, perfumes, and for embalming and fumigations in Ancient Egypt. In folk tradition it was used for muscular pains and in rheumatic plasters. Called mo-yao in China, it has been used since at least 600B.C. primarily as a wound herb and blood stimulant.
Cautions: Myrrh can be possibly toxic in high concentrations, and should not be used during pregnancy.