First posted November 20, 2014
(And yes, I will admit that I was listening to the Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLaughlin version of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ while I was writing this.) Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh have long been associated with Christmas.
Myrrh is a small shrub- like tree from the Burseraceae plant family. It grows in countries with dry climates such as India, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia. The use of Myrrh dates back approx 4000 years. It was used by the ancient Egyptians for everything from perfume and skin care to treating hay fever, healing and finally embalming. Myrrh has long been known for healing wounds.It was taken into battle by the ancient Greeks and used in Chinese medicine in the 7th century for this reason. The healing properties of Myrrh were mentioned in both the Old and New Testament of the Bible, as well as the Koran.
Myrrh has been used in the Pagan & Druid traditions for hundreds of years. It was used as incense in Winter Solstice and 12th night celebrations and rituals.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is a thick, resinous oil that has a warm, spicy scent. While it can be a little difficult to use, I find that it is always worth the effort. (Just warm your bottle of Myrrh oil in a cup of really warm water until it returns to its liquid state) Myrrh is a base note, and it adds a depth to any blend that it is used in.
Myrrh is useful for:
- skin care*** dilute before using on the skin as it can irritate sensitive skin.
- diffusing during cold, and the flu season. (Myrrh’s antiseptic & anti-microbial properties are thought to boost your immune system )
- for insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
- calming a busy mind.
On the spiritual side, Myrrh like Frankincense takes you to that place of “stillness”, which is what we need in our very busy word. Myrrh is very comforting and good to diffuse while you meditate or before you go to bed.
My diffuser blend “Element Earth” has similar properties. It is made from the essential oils of Patchouli, Frankincense, Cypress, Clove Bud, Vetiver, Vanilla, and yes, Myrrh. I love the earthiness of the base notes, with the balsamic smell of Cypress and a hint of sweetness from the Vanilla. It helps to calm my busy mind so I can enjoy the small moments that lead up to the holiday season. It helps me to remember what it is all about: family, friends and above all else LOVE…
My Blog is for Information Only & is NOT Meant to Replace Medical Advice!
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
- Avoid if You Are Pregnant or breastfeeding!!
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