Health Benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil

The health benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anticatarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

The essential oil of myrrh is extracted from the resin. Myrrh, in the scientific nomenclature system, is called Commiphora Myrrha and is native to Egypt. While the resin was frequently used in incense and perfumes in ancient Egypt, and the oil obtained from it was used for healings wounds in ancient Greece. The main components of this essential oil are Alpha Pinene, Cadinene, Limonene, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Cresol, Heerabolene, Acetic Acid, Formic Acid and Sesquiterpenes.

Apart from being a very reputable oil in the field of aromatherapy, it has plenty of medicinal uses too.

Health Benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil

Antimicrobial and Antiviral: Myrrh essential oil do not allow microbes to grow or infect your system. It can be used to prevent any ailment resulting from microbial infection, such as fever, food poisoning, cough & cold, mumps, measles, pox and infections of wounds. It has no adverse side effects, unlike other antibiotics, such as weakening of liver, or digestive malfunction.

Astringent: Myrrh Essential Oil is an astringent, meaning that it strengthens the hold of gums on teeth, contracts the skin, muscles, intestines and other internal organs. It also strengthens the grip of scalp on hair roots, thereby preventing hair loss. One more serious aspect of this astringent property is that it stops hemorraghing in wounds. When this astringency makes the blood vessels contract and check the flow of blood, it can stop you from losing too much blood when wounded.

Expectorant: Myrrh essential oil is good against coughs and colds. It fights the viral infections that can cause coughs and colds, as well as relieves congestion and reduces the deposition of phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tracts.

Antifungal: Myrrh essential oil acts as a fungicide as well. It can be used either internally and externally to fight fungal infection.

Myrrh2Stimulant: Myrrh essential oil stimulates thoughts, blood circulation, digestion, secretions, nervous activity and excretion. It stimulates the pumping action of the heart, the secretion of digestive juices and bile into the stomach, and it keeps you alert and active by stimulating the brain and the nervous system.

Carminative: This essential oil helps to relieve you of those gases which often result in embarrassing situations in public. It also has an expensive toll on your health by stealing your appetite, slowing down digestion, giving you stomachaches and headaches and sometimes chest pains as well by raising your blood pressure.

Stomachic: Myrrh oil is beneficial for the all around health of your stomach.

Anti-catarrhal: This property of Myrrh essential oil relieves you of excess mucus and phlegm and troubles associated with that sort of mucus deposition, including congestion, breathing trouble, heaviness in chest, and coughs.

Diaphoretic: It increases perspiration and keeps your body free from toxins, extra salt and excess water from your body. Sweating also cleans the skin-pores and helps harmful gases like nitrogen escape.

Vulnerary: This property of myrrh essential oil protects wounds from infections and makes them heal quicker.

Antiseptic: If you have a health amount of myrrh essential oil, you don’t need to worry about small cuts and wounds becoming infected. This oil can take care of them and will not let them become septic, since it is an antiseptic substance. It can protect you from tetanus as well to some extent.

Immune Booster: Myrrh oil strengthens and activates the immune system and keeps the body protected from infections.

Circulatory: This powerful essential oil stimulates blood circulation and ensures the proper supply of oxygen to the tissues. This is good for attaining a proper metabolic rate as well as for boosting the immune system. Increasing the blood flow to the more obscure corners of your body, the better the nutrients and oxygen reach those body parts so they function better and stay healthy.

Tonic: This property means a boost to your overall health. As a tonic, myrrh oil tones up all the systems and organs in the body, gives them strength and protects them from premature aging and infections.

Anti-inflammatory: Myrrh essential oil sedates inflammation in various tissues in cases of fever or viral infections, in the digestive system resulting from ingestion of too much spicy food and in the circulatory system when something inflammatory or toxic enters the blood stream.

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Antispasmodic: It also provides relief from unwanted contractions or spasms and therefore eases cramps, aches, and muscle pain.

Other Benefits

This oil is highly valued in aromatherapy as a sedative, antidepressant and as a promoter of spiritual feelings. This oil takes care of uterine health and stimulates that organ, helps fading away of scars and spots, is good for treating skin ailments, pyorrhea, diarrhea and skin diseases such as eczema, ringworm, and itches. It is also an emenagogue which means that it normalizes menstruation and relieves the associated symptoms like mood swings and hormonal imbalances.

Few Words of Caution

Despite the many benefits of myrrh essential oil, it can have toxic effects if used in excess. It should be avoided by pregnant women since it stimulates the uterus and could result in miscarriage.

Blending: Frankincense, Lavender, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandal Wood, Tea Tree and Thyme essential oils.

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  • Shawn M

    Dear Shelli.If myrrh did not work for you then that means you fall under a demographic of people who it does not bode well with.All essential oils are sensitive to each user.It is up to the person’s discretion as to how these oils feel to you.Most of them are in fact working if you do begin to have side effects such as stomach aches head aches slowed digestion or increased digestion.That’s the chemical reaction in the beginning and a virus is fighting against the new immunities to resist. Just like prescription antibiotics especially when you have a sickness you may be unaware of.Upping the amount of mryhh you used may help or possibly lowering it.One thing I rarely see about the Myrh Oil is how potent the oil is.Oils like Myrtle,Peppermint,Frankincense even Lemon should begin carrying a potency warning.Meaning with some oils a little goes along ways.So be careful with every oil.It’s just like with cooking oil babe.You switch the burner on with Sunflower oil in the skillet you better not turn your head very long because it smokes up very quickly.Clove oil has an ORAC level count of 290,283 units making it a behemoth of antioxidants which can be an effective cure & preventative but if you were not aware of it & decided to use it just like you would lavender which in lavender’s case it can cure certain allergies & be used more liberally than most oils.But if you were to use clove oil the same the outcome could be poisonous or toxic.MYRHH ALSO CONTRACTS YOUR MUSCLES!THIS IS WHERE I REALLY WANT YOU TO READ SHELLI.You may have used a dangerous amount of myrhh oil.It sounds to me like most of your body’s muscles contracted & things got slightly scary possibly.Your whole body may have contracted.I have felt this on certain levels myself with myrhh but never to the extreme you are describing.Do alot more research before using essential oils.They are simple to use but they can be overdone.

  • Shelli

    I am very confused by the information listed under Carminative: “It also has an expensive toll on your health by stealing your appetite, slowing down digestion, giving you stomachaches and headaches and sometimes chest pains as well by raising your blood pressure.” I am correct in interpreting this as how it is is not good for you?

    • Aleathea Ann

      Shelli, the section that you are worried about is describing the harmful effects of the gas myrrh helps expel, not myrrh itself. I know the grammar is tricky, I had to read it multiple times myself as someone intimately familiar with English grammar, but rest assured it is not saying myrrh has those effects, rather, the gases do.

    • Shawn M

      Dear Shelli.If myrrh did not work for you then that means you fall under a demographic of people who it does not bode well with.All essential oils are sensitive to each user.It is up to the person’s discretion as to how these oils feel to you.Most of them are in fact working if you do begin to have side effects such as stomach aches head aches slowed digestion or increased digestion.That’s the chemical reaction in the beginning and a virus is fighting against the new immunities to resist. Just like prescription antibiotics especially when you have a sickness you may be unaware of.Upping the amount of mryhh you used may help or possibly lowering it.One thing I rarely see about the Myrh Oil is how potent the oil is.Oils like Myrtle,Peppermint,Frankincense even Lemon should begin carrying a potency warning.Meaning with some oils a little goes along ways.So be careful with every oil.It’s just like with cooking oil babe.You switch the burner on with Sunflower oil in the skillet you better not turn your head very long because it smokes up very quickly.Clove oil has an ORAC level count of 290,283 units making it a behemoth of antioxidants which can be an effective cure & preventative but if you were not aware of it & decided to use it just like you would lavender which in lavender’s case it can cure certain allergies & be used more liberally than most oils.But if you were to use clove oil the same the outcome could be poisonous or toxic.MYRHH ALSO CONTRACTS YOUR MUSCLES!THIS IS WHERE I REALLY WANT YOU TO READ SHELLI.You may have used a dangerous amount of myrhh oil.It sounds to me like most of your body’s muscles contracted & things got slightly scary possibly.Your whole body may have contracted.I have felt this on certain levels myself with myrhh but never to the extreme you are describing.Do alot more research before using essential oils.They are simple to use but they can be overdone..

    • Ailora

      My question exactly! I wish the author of this article would reply and explain.

      I looked up side effects on Dr. Mercola’s website and found this:

      Side Effects of Myrrh Oil

      According to a study24 published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, if myrrh oil is consumed in excessive amounts, it may affect your heart rate and lead to severe heart irregularities. Other possible side effects of myrrh oil include:

      Lowered blood pressure

      Uterine bleeding

      Making a fever worse

      Diarrhea

      Some people with sensitivities to myrrh oil may also experience allergic contact dermatitis25 when using this oil. This oil may also interfere with anticoagulants, so I advise that you avoid using it orally if you are taking these medications.26

  • Charity High Law

    But HOW do you take it? Internally? Externally? How much and how often?

    • Aleathea Ann

      I have same questions.

  • Njelela Kwamilele

    Please give me the site for this blend

  • Njelela Kwamilele

    information is great thanks I want to order this product

    • angie

      Earth fare

    • TheDreadedWoodenSpoon

      I just got some at Whole Foods, in the beauty section. $8.99 for 10ml, about 1/3 of a fluid ounce.

    • TheDreadedWoodenSpoon

      I just got some at Whole Foods, in the beauty section.

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