Myrrh is native to Egypt and has been valued and used for centuries, since biblical times. Myrrh is mentioned 152 times in the Bible, and it was one of the three gifts given to the baby Jesus by the three wise men.
In that time, it was used as a natural remedy, spice, and a way to purify the dead. The essential oil of myrrh is extracted from resin.
It has been a popular traditional healing remedy for millennia and was commonly used in various therapies and religious ceremonies. During the history, it was used as a food flavoring, as fragrance, for embalming, as a hay fever treatment, and as an antiseptic to clean and treat wounds, and stop the bleeding.
This oil is popular until modern times, and it is commonly used to treat various ailments, mostly due to its powerful antioxidant activity and the potential anti-cancer properties.
It has a smoky, sweet or even bitter smell, and a yellowish, orange color. The word “myrrh” comes from the Arabic “murr” meaning bitter.
The main components of this essential oil are terpenoids, sesquiterpenes, alpha-pinene, cadinene, limonene, cuminaldehyde, eugenol, cresol, heerabolene, acetic acid, and formic acid.
Its two primary active compounds, terpenoids and sesquiterpenes, offer strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Sesquiterpenes ensure our balance and keep us calm, by affecting the emotional center in the hypothalamus, and both offer amazing antibacterial and therapeutic benefits.
The myrrh essential oil has strong antimicrobial, antiseptic, immune booster, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stomachic, anticatarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, stimulant, and carminative properties.
Here are 12 of the health benefits of myrrh oil: