Essential Oils - Myrrh
Though myrrh has been used since ancient times, many people know it best from the story of the three Wise Men who gave gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus. Myrrh was considered a luxury item and was used by Hebrews to anoint altars and sacred vessels. King Ahasurerus, of the Medes and Persians, used myrrh to purify potential queens before they were presented for consideration. Today, myrrh’s spiritual uses include purifying areas, lifting vibrations, aiding in contemplation and meditation, and creating a sense of peace.
Name of Oil: Myrrh
Latin Name: Commiphora myrrha
Areas of Origin: Somalia, Arabia and Yemen.
Historical Use: Myrrh was used in Egyptian sun worshiping rituals and in mummification.
General Growth, Habitat: A tree that grows to 16’with knotted branches and spine tipped twigs. It is sparsely covered in leaves and also grows small white flowers.
Parts Used in Distillation: Gum resin
Scent: Warm, earthy, woody, balsamic-like
Uses: Colds, coughs, sore throat, hemorrhoids, mouth ulcers and eczema.
Emotional Use: Uplifting, soothing and relaxing
Safety: Non-irritant and non-sensitizing; large doses could be toxic. Avoid during pregnancy. May cause: lowered blood pressure, uterine bleeding, a fever to worsen and diarrhea.
Add a few drops of myrrh to a bowl of cold water, submerge a clean cloth, wring out most of the water and then apply the compress to areas of inflammation and/or swelling
Add a few drops of myrrh to a diffuser to uplift a mood or provide soothing and relaxation
Spiritually Cleansing and Protecting Salt Soak
**(Avoid this salt soak during pregnancy)**
- 1 Cup of Sea Salt
- 5 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3 Drops of Myrrh Essential Oil
- Airtight container
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
- Stir to mix thoroughly and as you do so, ask for spiritual cleansing and protection
- Store in an airtight container for at least 24 hours to allow for the ingredients to fully blend
- Begin filling a bathtub and add a few tablespoons to the running water; allowing the salt to dissolve fully before entering the tub
- Soak in the energies of the ingredients for as long as desired
- When done, imagine all unwanted energies being washed down the drain and away from you
Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.
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18 Herbs for Magical Purposes. (n.d.). Energy Shifter. Retrieved from http://www.energy-shifter.com/magical-herbs-and-their-uses.html.