Myrrh – A Skin Healer and Virus Fighter
In ancient times, Myrrh oil was prized by the Arabians for its skin-mending and bacteria-killing properties
Myrrh. The word rolls off the tongue in such a luxurious way. This aromatic resin comes from a small, thorny tree called the Commiphora myrrha, a relative of the frankincense tree.
In its native Arabia, myrrh was used for skin conditions that came with the arid desert climate, including chapped and cracked skin, and wrinkles. The dark brown oil also has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic and analgesic properties. Myrrh was recommended by the famed Arabian physician, Avicenna (980-1037 A.D.) for numerous ailments. When burnt, its smoke could be used to ward off insects. The oil was also an antidote for poisons and could stop haemorrhages. When applied directly to a wound, myrrh could speed up healing and prevent infection. Fungal conditions such as ringworm and athlete’s foot benefit by its topical application. And during the plagues, myrrh was often employed, together with frankincense, as a disinfectant.
These properties have been established by science today. When myrrh is burnt as incense, the phenols created by its fumes possess antifungal and antiseptic qualities.
The Ancient Egyptians used myrrh to embalm mummies, and frankinscense and myrrh were burnt as incense in temples during biblical times for good reason. Myrrh oil kills bacteria and other microbes. One study found that burning myrrh and frankincense reduced the amount of bacteria in the air by 68 percent. Studies on animals have shown that a direct application of myrrh has a two-pronged bacteria-killing effect. It wipes out bacteria and also stimulates the immune system to produce more white blood cells, which are the body’s bacteria-killing cells.
How to use:
Myrrh should be diluted in a carrier oil such as almond, jojoba, grapeseed or coconut to prevent skin irritation. A carrier oil will also help “trap” the volatile oils in myrrh, keeping it from evaporating too fast. As a general rule, use 3–6 drops of essential oil for every 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil, for adults. For children, use 1 drop of essential oil for every 1 drop (5 ml) of carrier oil.
To make an immune-boosting oil blend:
10 drops myrrh essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil
8 drops thyme essestial oil
85 ml of carrier oil (almond, jojoba, grapeseed or coconut)
Mix these in a bottle and massage on the body once or twice a day.