Myrrh

Latin:  Commiphora myrrha

Family:  Burseraceae

Parts Used:   The resinous gum of the tree

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, cooling

Properties: Antioxidant. anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, analgesic, circulatory stimulant, vulnerary, astringent, antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, diaphoretic

Actions:   Myrrh has been used medicinally and ritually since antiquity.  It is useful for healing symptoms of bronchitis, colds and hacking coughs.  Myrrh is a cousin to frankincense and is often paired with that herb.  Frankincense and myrrh were two of the gifts (along with gold) said to have been given to Jesus when he was born.  Myrrh is stimulating to the nervous and digestive system and improves circulation.  It is helpful for clearing and dispersing congestion, mucus and general dampness and edema in the system.  It It has antimicrobial properties which make it useful for treating infection and has wound healing properties which make it helpful for healing cuts, bruises and abrasions externally.

In terms of mental health, myrrh is a common essential oil that is often paired with other oils such as frankincnse, lavender, thyme and patchouli for stress relief and to lift the mood.

Dosage:  For mental health generally used as an essential oil, standard dosage.

Contraindications:   Avoid in pregnancy.

Further Reading:  

Myrrh monograph by Rosalee de la Foret