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Myrrh Oil: 10 Uses
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.
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Myrrh oil and resin
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