Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Myrrh may also be referred to as African myrrh, herabol myrrh, Somali myrrhor, common myrrh. It is typically processed using distillation as a method for extracting oil from the resin.
Myrrh oil comes from the resin (dried sap) of the Commiphora myrrha tree. It has a warm, spicy scent.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): African myrrh, herabol myrrh, Somali myrrhor, common myrrh
Synonyms(s) for Commiphora myrrha: Balsamea myrrha, Balsamodendron myrrha, Commiphora coriacea, Commiphora cuspidata, Commiphora habessinica grossedentata, Commiphora molmol, Commiphora myrrha var. molmol, Commiphora playfairii benadirensis, Commiphora rivae
- Botanical Family: Burseraceae
- Botanical Genus: Commiphora
- Major Compounds: Furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, Furanodiene, Lindestrene, B-Elemene, Germacrene B, Geracrene D, Delta-Elemene, 2-Methoxyfuranodiene
- Perfumery Note: Base
- Consistency: Medium
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
- Color: Golden Yellow/Brown
- Indigenous Country: Somalia
- Cultivation: Organically Grown
- Processing Methods: Distillation
- Part Typically Used: Resin
- Shelf Life: indefinite
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Athlete's Foot Bad Breath Blisters Bronchia Bronchitis Burns Catarrh Chills Colds Coughs Cystitis Menstruation : Cramp ( Dysmenorrhea ) Menstruation : Excess ( Menorrhagia ) Menstruation : Lack of Periods (Amenorrhea) Menstruation : P.M.T. Migraine Ringworm Sinusitis Skin : Chapped Skin : Dermatitis Sun Burn : Mild
Therapeutic Benefits of Myrrh:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Myrrh:
Tisserand and Young indicate that Myrrh Oil may be fetotoxic, and thus is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young,Essential Oil Safety(Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 357.]
Safety Precautions for Myrrh:
Do not take any oilsinternallyand do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils withchildrenand be sure to first read therecommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, readEssential Oil Safetyby Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Myrrh Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Hepatoprotective effect of Commiphora myrrha against d-GalN/LPS-induced hepatic injury in a rat model through attenuation of pro inflammatory cytokines and related genes.
- PubMed: Four new sesquiterpenes from Commiphora myrrha and their neuroprotective effects.
- PubMed: Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of individual and combined extracts from Commiphora myrrha, and Boswellia carterii.
- PubMed: Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity of different extracts of Commiphora myrrha.
- PubMed: Protection against singlet oxygen, the main actor of sebum squalene peroxidation during sun exposure, using Commiphora myrrha essential oil.
- PubMed: Chemical composition of the essential oil and supercritical CO2 extract of Commiphora myrrha (Nees) Engl. and of Acorus calamus L.
- PubMed: Effects on rats of Commiphora myrrha extract given by different routes of administration.
- PubMed: Anti-inflammatory activity of some traditional medicinal plants.