Aroma: Deep, rich earth with spice The aroma can vary greatly due to numerous tree varieties and how it was processed. Not sure which Myrrh to purchase? Order samples First. : )
Characteristics: Thick and sticky in texture and yellow to a dark brown in color
Uses: In Aromatherapy myrrh is used: Antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, helps stop bleeding, useful for boosting immune system. Myrrh is widely used for coughs, bronchial ailments, and for mouth and skin infections.
History: Myrrh is one of the oldest essences, used in perfumery and religious rituals. It was mentioned as early as 2,000 B.C. in Egyptian papyrus texts. Myrrh was used as a fumigant in deity worship, to purify homes and clothes, and in embalming. Myrrh was one of the gifts offered by the Magi to the baby Jesus, along with gold and frankincense. Myrrh is a fragrant resin from a tree – from the same family as frankincense and elemi, growing in desert to semi-desert climates. Today, myrrh production from the Commiphora myrrha comes mainly from the arid savannas of Somalia. The resin is produced by cutting the tree’s trunk, a process that can take place throughout the year. Myrrh essential oil obtained by steam distillation has a very low yield of about 6-8% of the gum resin. Some Commiphora trees have a short trunk and shrubby highly branched tops while others develop into large, tall specimens. Even the leaves contain aromatic oils although they are not commercially exploited.