Tips for using myrrh essential oil in herbal medicine and aromatherapy

Myrrh essential oil is extracted from the myrrh resin. It is anti-fungal, antiseptic, and astringent. Myrrh is an immune stimulant, a circulatory stimulant, and an expectorant. Myrrh works to heal infections, repair wounds, and clear poisons from the body. Overuse of myrrh essential oil can cause diarrhea and irritation of the kidneys. Do not use myrrh essential oil during pregnancy.

Myrrh essential oil is used during prayer and meditation.
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Myrrh essential oil is used in prayer and meditation. The aroma brings about deep tranquility of the mind.

Myrrh essential oil has lots of uses in herbal medicine.

Myrrh essential oil is used to treat muscular pain and to heal sores. It is also an excellent remedy for fungal infections including ringworm and athlete's foot. Myrrh is a good addition to chest rubs, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and hemorrhoid ointments but should not be swallowed.

Use diluted myrrh essential oil in chest rubs.

For coughs due to colds, use myrrh as a chest-rub. Combine six drops of myrrh essential oil with a quarter cup of grapeseed oil. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil for added strength and rub on chest as needed to soothe cough and reduce phlegm. This mixture also relieves muscle and joint pain when used in massage.

Myrrh essential oil can be used in gargles for sore throat and gum disease.

When treating a sore throat or laryngitis, add a drop of myrrh essential oil to a quarter cup of warm salt water. Gargle to help speed healing and reduce pain. Myrrh can also heal and prevent gingivitis and other stubborn gum diseases.

Myrrh essential oil stimulates growth of healthy cells.

Myrrh essential oil is known to kill harmful bacteria and to stimulate the activity of white blood cells. Myrrh improves the immune system and stimulates regeneration of healthy cells. Myrrh is a well known remedy for inflamed tissue and may even have anti-cancer properties.

Myrrh has a long history in herbal medicine.

On the first Christmas, myrrh was given to baby Jesus along with frankincense and gold. The amber colored resin was highly valued by ancient civilizations. Egyptians used myrrh in the embalming process to preserve mummies and in the treatment of leprosy and syphilis.

According to Chinese medicine, a healthy body is dependant on blood movement. In China , myrrh is often used to improve circulation.

Myrrh essential oil is used in aromatherapy to aid meditation.

The aroma of myrrh essential oil is uplifting and assists in spiritual meditation. Myrrh's effect on the central nervous system is gentle. It can ease grief and heal emotional wounds. Myrrh essential oil brings about a deep tranquility of the mind. Use myrrh with sandalwood and frankincense during meditation for best results.

Myrrh essential oil is produced from a bushy shrub.

Myrrh is harvested from the stems of bushy shrubs that grow in Arabia, Somalia, and other parts of North Africa and the Middle East. The myrrh shrub grows to 12 feet in height and is sturdy with knotted branches. The branches stand out at right-angles ending in very sharp thorns. Myrrh is related to frankincense (which is also a resin). Both are often used as incense and during funeral ceremonies.

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* Overuse of myrrh can cause diarrhea and irritation of the kidneys. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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