Myrrh oil is used in preparing incense sticks and other aroma producing products.
This oil is found to be antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and sedative.
Countries where it’s found:
The Myrrh plant is grown in Arab countries, Somalia and Yemen. Some parts of China and India also grow a different variety of Myrrh plant
Myrrh plant is native to the Arabian Peninsula and the eastern Mediterranean. The myrrh plant grows in arid conditions with the help of little rain. The plant grows up to 16 feet high. Myrrh oil can be obtained from the plant when it starts bleeding milky liquid when cut about two inches deep. The resin can be harvested for three to four months in a year with intervals of 15 days between successive extractions.
History of the Plant:
The use of Myrrh dates back to the period of pyramids. Egyptians used Myrrh to preserve mummies. The ancient Chinese used Myrrh for medicinal purposes and to prepare an incense stick. Ayurveda mentions the use of Myrrh for healing different ailments.
The extraction of myrrh oil involves cutting the bark of plant about two inches deep. The yellowish liquid that comes out from the bark is then left for some period to turn into resin. The globules of resin will be taken out from the plant. These globules are then extracted to get myrrh oil. its a viscous dark brown color liquid having earthy notes , Soluble in Alcohol
Myrrh Essential Oil
Botanical Name : Commiphora myrrha
Common Name : Commiphora myrrha oil, Commiphora spp. oil
CAS # : 8016-37-3, F.E.M.A. : 2766
Plant Parts Used : Resin
Extraction Method : Cold pressed
Color & Odor : Yellow amber to greenish brown clear oily liquid with rich, balsamic, spicy, warm, earthy, woody aroma
This evergreen tree grows up to about 6 meters (20 feet) and has dark green serrated oval leaves with pink/white flowers that are highly perfumed.
Constituents & Specifications :
Myrrh oil has various chemical compounds that include Heerabolene, limonene, dipentene, pinene, eugenol, cinnamaldehyde, cuminaldehyde and cadinene.
Specific Gravity : 0.98800 to 1.01700 @ 25°C
Refractive Index : 1.51700 to 1.52800 @ 20°C
It is anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, astringent, balsamic, expectorant, antiseptic, fungicidal, revitalizing, sedative, stimulant-digestive and pulmonary tonic, tonic-uterine(emmenagogue) hormone-like (thyroid modulator) and aphrodisiac
Benefits & Uses :
- Myrrh oil is effective against excessive mucus in the lungs and helps to clear ailments such as cold, catarrh, coughs, sore throats and bronchitis. It is used for diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence and hemorrhoids (haemorrhoids).
- It is used after a stressful event or an extended illness, to revitalizes both body and mind.
- It is also used in soap making ingredients, lotions, massage oils, diffusers, potpourri, scent, air fresheners, body fragrance, perfume oils, aromatherapy products, bath oils, towel scenting, spa’s, incense, light rings, laundry, facial steams, hair treatments and more.