Weekly essential oil highlight…Myrrh

As Christmas is nearly upon us I thought I’d feature Myrrh this time round. A major skin oil with powerful healing properties

I’ve seen so many positive results with eczema and slow healing wounds. Myrrh is typically an essential oil that I seem to use more when making up blends for local applications as opposed to using it in a full body massage. Its psychological benefits in a massage can be very calming helping grief and deep seated emotions but it is my go to on a dermatological level.

Cracked heels, varicose ulcers,  haemorrhoids, infected wounds, oral complaints and eczema respond well to this strongly antiseptic oil.  If you suffer from mouth ulcers, bleeding gums or oral thrush,  Myrrh used as a mouthwash is highly effective combined with tea tree. Add a few drops in water and gargle.

Myrrh isn’t an oil that you would associate with a beautiful aroma. It is medicinal and balsamic and has kind of a dry smell. When I initially smelt it for the first time I smelt rubber. I love it for his properties but not for its aroma. Therefore it is best blended with other oils to disguise this.

Its other benefits are with the respiratory and urogenital systems. As an anticatarrhal oil it can help with chronic lung conditions, asthma, coughs and colds, laryngitis and bronchitis.  As a fungicidal oil it is effective with urogenital infections.

So its not just associated with gold and frankincense at Christmas although myrrh blended with frankincense is a fantastic skin preserver for wrinkles and ageing skin but of course 1000’s of years ago they already knew that and we are just copying them.  The power of essential oils in ancient times and in modern day.

For safety reasons Myrrh must not be used in pregnancy until late in the third trimester to prepare the body for birth as it is a uterine tonic. Please consult a professional aromatherapist for further advice.