Myrrh Essential Oil User Guide: Benefits, Uses, & DIY Ideas

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Myrrh essential oil is a naturally derived botanical essence, extracted from the resin of the Commiphora myrrha tree. It has a warm, earthy aroma and is often used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

The oil has been historically used for thousands of years in Christian traditions, Greek mythology, and ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, with some studies demonstrating potential therapeutic benefits.

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Myrrh Essential Oil ORAC Value:

The ORAC value of myrrh essential oil has been reported to measure up to 312,800 μmolTE/100g, demonstrating a potent antioxidant activity.

ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity,” developed by USDA researchers to tell you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. It is a measurement method to note the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which are molecules responsible for aging and various diseases.

Myrrh Essential Oil Health Benefits

Myrrh essential oil is a volatile oil derived from the resin of certain species of the genus Commiphora, commonly known as myrrh trees. It is composed primarily of sesquiterpenoid compounds, including α- and β-elemene, caryophyllene oxide, furanodiene, and cyclic sesquiterpenoids such as α- and ß-bisabolene.

Myrrh essential oil has been the subject of numerous scientific studies (listed below) and investigations, resulting in a wealth of evidence that suggests a wide range of potential beneficial effects.

This oleo-resin, derived from the Commiphora myrrha tree, is believed to provide anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties that could potentially be applied to various therapeutic settings. Additionally, research has demonstrated its efficacy as an analgesic and antifungal agent.

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Myrrh Essential Oil Scientific And Medical Studies

There are numerous studies found on myrrh essential oil, whether you're searching on NIH (National Institute of Health) or Google Scholar.

** Please note, none of these studies discloses which brand is used in the study, nor do any endorse any particular brand.

Below listed are the studies I've seen and become the most excited about:

A study found burning myrrh and frankincense incense to serve as an air purifier, reducing airborne bacterial counts by 68% (Source).

Myrrh mouthwash may enhance wound healing during the early period after tooth extraction. (Source)

In test-tube studies, myrrh oil showed strong results tested against several strains of infectious bacteria, including ones that are drug-resistant (SourceSource 2Source 3Source 4, Source 5).

One test-tube study shows myrrh oil, at a low dilution of 0.1%, killed dormant Lyme disease bacteria, which can persist in some people after antibiotic treatment and continue to cause illness (Source).

In 2017, scientists published a study suggesting that frankincense and myrrh may help relieve neuropathic pain (Source).

A test-tube study of human skin cells found that an essential oil blend containing myrrh helped heal wounds (Source).

Another study noted that myrrh and other essential oils added to baths helped new mothers heal skin wounds from vaginal deliveries (Source).

Myrrh Essential Oil Uses

  1. May help increase appetite… perfect for holiday feasts
  2. Dilute with your favorite carrier oil and rub over your belly to help decrease flatulence
  3. Add to your favorite skincare or DIY skincare to help reduce cracks in your skin
  4. Oil cleansing – wash your face using a blend of castor oil, jojoba oil, frankincense, myrrh, and lavender. 
  5. Make a homemade glow serum for your skin (perfect for your face, dry hands, dry feet, and anywhere on your body that needs some extra love)
  6. Make a homemade face mask to hydrate and love on your skin
  7. Make your own homemade night serum in a 2oz dropper bottle with 1 drop of myrrh, 10 drops of frankincense (ideally, boswellia sacra), and filled the rest of the way with jojoba oil
  8. Include in your favorite skincare to decrease the appearance of wrinkles
  9. Diffuse or dilute and apply to chakra points to enhance meditation, yoga, or prayer
  10. Include a few drops in a steamy bath to enjoy its relaxing aroma.
  11. Use to make your homemade Proverbs-Inspired Linen Spray
  12. Diffuse throughout your home for a unique and calming aroma.
  13. Add a few drops to your shampoo or scalp treatment to enjoy the oil’s moisturizing benefits.
  14. Layer in order Myrrh, Frankincense, Idaho Grand Fir, and Copaiba for swelling of the gum after dental surgery to help support natural healing
  15. Support your liver functioning
  16. Support your thyroid and hormones by massaging myrrh essential oil (diluted) over your neck
  17. Add a few drops to your sitz bath after having a baby to promote healing and relieve discomfort

Before any topical use of myrrh oil, be sure to dilute it with your favorite carrier oil. I encourage my clients to dilute one drop of myrrh essential oil to a pea-size amount or more of carrier oil.

You should dilute one drop of myrrh oil per one ml of carrier oil, at a minimum. Before applying on a large area, do a small patch test first. If it irritates your skin, you didn't dilute enough and should add more carrier oil.

A carrier oil can be any cold-pressed, seed-based oil (ideally organic and unrefined). This includes most cooking oil, like coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. Personally, we LOVE using sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and the V6 Carrier oil (made by Young Living). This is the best way to dilute your essential oils for topical use.

Essential Oils That Blend Well With Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh essential oil blends especially well with frankincense, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, spice, and citrus oils.

Member-Favorite DIY Myrrh Essential Oil Blends

  • Spring Diffuser Blend: 2 drops each of geranium and myrrh essential oils and 3 drops of patchouli essential oil
  • Winter Diffuser Blend: 3 drops bergamot oil and 2 drops each of cedarwood, frankincense, and myrrh essential oils
  • Heavenly Gift Diffuser Blend: 2 drops each of frankincense, myrrh, and tangerine (tangerine may be substituted with mandarin)
  • Harmonious Diffuser Blend: 2 drops each of myrrh and helichrysum essential oils with 1 drop of cypress

Myrrh Essential Oil Substitute Ideas

“Hey Nicole! I don’t have Myrrh, but I’d love to use these recipes anyways, what can I use in its place???”

A good substitute for myrrh essential oil with a similar aroma and function in DIY blends includes frankincense, sandalwood, vetiver, and copaiba.

If you're not worried about the aroma factor, patchouli or helichrysum may also be a suitable substitute in DIY recipes.

Mentions of Myrrh Essential Oil in the Bible

The first mention of Myrrh in scripture was in Genesis 37 when Joseph was sold into slavery. This selling into slavery with Myrrh traders resulted in the Nation of Israel relocating to Egypt. It is referenced throughout the Bible in Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and finally again in Revelation.

We find that Biblically this oil is mentioned for all kinds of ailments.

  • Exodus 30:23: It was an ingredient for the Holy Anointing Oil – extremely purifying and cleansing
  • Esther 2:12: Part of a 6-month purification process to prepare Esther to marry the king.
  • Psalm 45:8, Proverbs 7:17, Song of Solomon 1:13, 4:14, 5:13: All used as an aromatic perfume
  • Song of Solomon 3:6, 4:6: As an incense
  • Song of Solomon 5:5: As an ointment
  • Song of Solomon 5:1: For spices to be eaten
  • Matthew 2:11: A gift for Mary and Joseph at Jesus’s birth
  • Mark 15:23: A mixture with wine, given to those being crucified. Most likely for purification reasons for those dying.
  • John 19:39: Part of Christ’s burial preparations and ritual.

People during biblical times were well aware of the extreme VALUE of this essential oil. Used for many ailments and to keep things pure and clean.

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