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Myrrh Oil: 10 Uses

Updated on December 19, 2011

Myrrh Oil and its Many Uses

The very versatile myrrh plant is indigenous to the African countries of Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as the Arabian peninsula. The essential oil is extracted from the resin of myrrh.

Myrrh oil is an essential oil that has anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.

Oil of myrrh has a wide range of health benefits. Common uses include:

1 - Aromatherapy - Myrrh oil is used in the form of inhalation, vaporization, bathing, massage and as a spray.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are generally absorbed into the circulatory system through the mucous membranes and the skin and into the bloodstream.

2 - Expectorant - Myrrh oil has the ability to work as an expectorant against coughs and colds and reduces excess phlegm and mucous

3 - Boosts the immune system - by strengthening and activating it - keeping you immune to infections

4 - Stimulates blood circulation - and ensures proper oxygen to the tissues

5 - Works as a fungicide - when used internally and externally, it fights infection

6 - An antiseptic - that protects wounds from infection

7 - A tonic - to tone the system and organs, and protect against infections and aging

8 - An emmenagogue - is also beneficial as an emmenagogue for normalizing menstruation

9 - Topically - to fade spots and scars, and can also be used on boils and sores

10 - And to treat skin diseases such as eczema and ringworm, and to relieve itching

Notes: Myrrh is often blended with frankincense. Other blends include lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, thyme, or tea tree.

Be sure to shop for a high quality therapeutic oil from a trusted and well-known source.

When used for massages, essential oils are blended with carrier oils, such as jojoba oil or coconut oil.

Caution - Myrrh oil can have toxic effects if used in excess. Pregnant women should not use myrrh oil because it stimulates the uterus.

See link below for other suggested reading:

Myrrh oil and resin


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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for the comment Saleh Khan and fresh is always best!

      Jane - I wouldn't use any of these potent oils on a baby's skin. We never know so early on if there is a reaction.

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      jane 5 years ago

      can you use myrrh on babies is it safe ?

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      Saleh khan 5 years ago

      Myrrh is one of the best medicenes around the world

      You can use it for everything

      This is the oil useful uses

      Search and read for the myrrh water its have too many uses

      But its must be fresh but the oil can stay longer time also the water had more aroma and freshness more than the oil

      At final they all good and thanks for the writer

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! I had no idea how effective myrrh is. I will have to try this. It would have came in handy for my cold the other day. The fact that it works good for skin problems is an added bonus as well. I need to look into this. Thank you so much for this great information. Rated it up and shared it.

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      I did not know the uses of myrrh oil, very interesting! Thanks for sharing

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I love myrrh - and yes we have always heard the stories of frankincense and myrrh - I love them both and had no idea myrrh had so many benefits. Perhaps that's why they were called the three WISE men!

      Rated up!

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      I'm going to get myself some. Thanks for the info.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      I always love your list--clearly laid out. Thanks for sharing--a great time to remember myrrh--one of the spices the three wisemen brought to baby Jesus. Rated useful.