Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What Is Myrrh Essential Oil Good For?

Happy Wednesday Florida Herb House Followers!

As we have sold Myrrh Gum Resin and Myrrh Essential Oil at www.FloridaHerbHouse.com and www.SharpWebLabs.com for some time now many are still unaware of its origin and applications.

What is Myrrh?
Well many of us have heard of the old phrase "Frankincense And Myrrh!" right? Frankincense comes from a small tree and myrrh from a bush. Each is a resin drawn from the sap of these trees and bushes. Growing on the arid plateaus, the people slash the roots and branches where the bark seems fullest. The gum oozes out, hardening in clumps. These clumps are then gathered and stored in mountain caves for 6 months to dry. Combined together, or with other spices such as cinnamon, cassia and iris, they created a myriad of scents. The fragrant smoke that burned in censers was offered to guests to make clothes, hair or beard smell pleasant. The smoke wove its way through the ancient market places inviting all to "stay a bit longer" amid such "heavenly aromas.

What is Myrrh Essential Oil?
The essential oil of Myrrh is drawn from the resin of Myrrh. Myrrh is also known as Commiphora Myrrha and is a native to Egypt. While the resin was in use in incenses and perfumes in ancient Egypt, the oil obtained from it was used for healing wounds in ancient Greece. The health benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti microbial, astringent, expectorant, anti fungal, stimulant, antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti inflammatory and anti spasmodic.
The three main constituents of myrrh are the resin, the gum, and the volatile oil. All are thought to be important in myrrh’s activity as an herbal medicine. The resin has reportedly been shown to kill various microbes and to stimulate white blood cells in test tube studies. Myrrh also has astringent properties and has a soothing effect on inflamed tissues in the mouth and throat.

These valuable resins were used in medicine. They soothed headaches, the pains of childbirth, stiffness in joints, and more. They were an antidote for insect bites, used to stem nosebleeds, coughing and nausea, stinging eyes and ear aches. These two aromatics were used throughout the ancient world.

From WikiPedia it states "The scent of raw myrrh resin and its essential oil is sharp, pleasantly earthy, and somewhat bitter, with a "stereotypically resinous" character. Myrrh resin can be qualitatively evaluated by its darkness and clarity, and especially the fragrance and stickiness of freshly broken pieces. It expands and "blooms" when heated or burned, instead of melting like most other aromatic resins. Its smoke is heavy, bitter and somewhat phenolic in scent, with a slight vanilla sweetness."

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P. Loman