Myrrh- Myrrhis Odorata - Herb

Blending Note: Base

Main Benefits: Stimulating, Healing

Properties: Antimicrobial, Astringent, Expectorant, Antifungal, Stimulant, Carminative, Stomachic, Anti

Catarrhal, Diaphoretic, Vulnerary, Antiseptic, Immune Booster, Circulatory, Tonic, Anti-Inflammatory,


Origin: Israel

Other Producers: Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea and eastern Ethiopia.

Short History:

In numerous places in the Old Testament, such as Genesis 37:25 and Exodus 30:23, myrrh is mentioned as a rare perfume with intoxicating qualities. Myrrh is also mentioned in the New Testament as one of the three gifts the Wise Men presented to the Baby Jesus. Myrrh was also present at Jesus's death and burial. Jesus was offered wine and myrrh before the crucifixion. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea brought a 100-pound mixture of myrrh and aloes to wrap Jesus' body. In traditional Chinese Medicine, myrrh is classified as bitter and spicy, with a neutral temperature. Myrrh was also used by the ancient Egyptians, along with natron, for the embalming of mummies. 

Myrrh was traded by camel caravans overland from areas of production in southern Arabia by the Nabataeans to their capital city of Petra, from which it was distributed throughout the Mediterranean region. According to the Encyclopedia of Islamic Herbal Medicine, "The Messenger of Allah stated, 'Fumigate your houses with al-shih, murr, and sa'tar.'" The author claims that this use of the word "murr" refers specifically to Commiphora Myrrha. Modern myrrh has long been commented on as coming from a different source to that held in high regard by the ancients, having been superior in some way. It was noted in 1837 that "The time, perhaps, is not far distant, when, through the spirit of research, the true myrrh-tree will be found".

About Myrrh:

When a sharp object penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree bleeds a resin. Myrrh gum is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum. Myrrh gum is waxy and coagulates quickly. After the harvest, the gum becomes hard and glossy. The gum is yellowish and may be either clear or opaque. It darkens deeply as it ages, and white streaks emerge. Myrrh gum is commonly harvested from the species Commiphora Myrrha. Myrrh is native to Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea and eastern Ethiopia. Meetiga, the trade-name of Arabian Myrrh, is more brittle and gummy than the Somalian variety and does not have the latter's white markings.

The oleo gum resins of a number of other Commiphora species are also used as perfumes, medicines, and incense ingredients. Myrrh beads are traditionally worn by married women in Mali as multiple strands around the hips. The name "myrrh" is also applied to the potherb Myrrhis odorata, otherwise known as "sweet cicely". Liquid Myrrh, or Stacte, spoken of by Pliny, was an ingredient of Jewish holy incense, and was formerly greatly valued but cannot now be identified in today's markets. Myrrh has been shown to lower bad cholesterol levels as well as to increase the good cholesterol in various tests on humans done in the past few decades. A 2009 laboratory test showed this same effect on albino rats. 

Medicinal Uses:

Gums, Muscles, Hemorrhages, Coughs, Colds, Fungi, Gas, Phlegm, Promotes Sweating, Wounds, Improves Circulation, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Inflammation, Reducing Spasms, Bruises, Aches

Other Uses:

Perfume, Incense, Gargles, Mouthwashes, Toothpastes