10 Myrrh Essential Oil Uses

Myrrh essential oil uses have been considered effective for treating wounds and infection, but are now being studied for their ability to possibly fight certain types of cancer cells. 

This oil is derived from the resin (sap) of a tree called Commiphora Myrrha, which grows in middle East countries and in Africa. It is harvested from cutting the tree to obtain the resin, and produces with steam distillation. 

This oil is a yellow-colored oil, with a bitter taste and a smoky smell. It has been used for thousands of years by natural medicine practitioners for it's benefits for overall good health, illness and various ailments.

Common myrrh essential oil uses:

  1. Skin Care- helps heal dry, damaged skin, commonly added to help moisturize.
  2. Respiratory Relief - great for cough and cold symptoms that include respiratory disorders. Can be inhaled or diffused.
  3. Oral Health Care - use as a mouthwash or to add to toothpaste to prevent gum and mouth disease
  4. Digestive Health - helps upset stomach and indigestion 
  5. Astringent - used for many centuries to help stop bleeding
  6. Helps kill fungus- great for ringworm, athletes foot, when applied directly to fungal area daily for 1-2 weeks
  7. Helps with Hypothyroidism - apply 2-3 drops directly to thyroid area every day
  8. Helps heal wounds naturally- known to promote optimum function of white blood cells, perfect to heal wounds and prevent infection
  9. Strengthens Hair - may help nourish hair and prevent hair loss by making roots stronger 
  10. May help fight cancer - Many studies are being conducted all over the world with this oil and it's ability to possibly help fight cancer.

Research shows that myrrh helps slow growth of eight different types of cancer, although much more research is needed, it is a positive step. Read more about this research.

There are two active chemicals in myrrh oil, terpenoids and sesquiterpenes, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both are being studied for their ability to fight infection and possibly cancer.

History tells us that myrrh was most often used for embalming and as an antiseptic for wounds, but Chinese countries have used it as treatment and part of a traditional medicine for hundreds of years.

Avoid concentrated forms of this oil, and usage in high doses if you are pregnant, have low blood pressure, are on blood thinners, have diabetes, or heart problems. Always consult your doctor before use.

Myrrh essential oil uses are for skin care, hair care, and wounds, but scientists are discovering many more healing benefits in this oil, and the best uses are yet to be revealed.

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