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The Spiritual and Medicinal Importance of Myrrh



Myrrh is a relatively unknown and underutilized natural essential oil. It is a reddish-brown dried sap from a thorny tee native to northeast Africa and areas of the Arabian Peninsula.

But did you know that this healing essential oil has been in existence since biblical times dating thousands of years ago?

According to the Hebrew Bible, myrrh oil was a segment of the holy incense that was burned in the sacred temples of Jerusalem in ancient times. Fragrances and the herbs mentioned in the Holy Scriptures are physically and spiritually enriched with symbolism. Every one of them symbolizes the qualities and characteristics of their own. But let’s discuss myrrh which stands out with its numerous health benefits.


Myrrh is a Hebrew word for “distilled” and comes from the root meaning “bitterness”. The fragrant gum is used in holy anointing oil and is normally used for incense, medical purposes, and blessing the deceased. It has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda medicine alike.

This oil substance is used for colds, asthma, cancer, ulcers, indigestion, spasms, and for treating many other illnesses. It is also utilized for stimulants and to increase menstrual flow. You can directly apply myrrh to the mouth to decrease soreness and swelling, soothe loose teeth, canker sores and chapped lips. Myrrh is used as a flavoring component. You can find myrrh from any natural healing store and online easily.

Here are 7 health benefits of the Myrrh essential oil:

1. Supports Oral Health

Traditionally myrrh has been used to treat oral infections and inflammation. Some mouthwash formulas that contain myrrh can be used to kill germs. People suffering from Behcet disease, a chronic inflammatory disease, can utilize myrrh mouthwash to treat painful mouth sores. This germ-killing natural substance helps to revive oral health.

However, keep in mind not to swallow myrrh as in large doses it may be unsafe. Especially when you have oral surgery, it is best to avoid myrrh.

2. Promotes Skin Health

Myrrh benefits also include treating skin wounds and infections. When applied to the affected areas the essential oil containing myrrh can help heal wounds. Diluting myrrh with a carrier oil and applying on your skin may aid wound healing and fight microbes that cause infections. It may also hinder the growth of skin fungi, including ringworm and foot fungus.

A test-tube study found that myrrh oil when mixed with sandalwood oil, has given effective results by killing all the microbes that infect your skin areas.

3. Combats Pain and Swelling

This healing essential oil has been in existence for 100’s of years and has been helpful in treating headaches, joint pain and back pain. Myrrh oil contains compounds that interact with opioid receptors and can tell your brain you are not in pain. It blocks the production of the inflammatory chemicals that can lead to swelling and pain.

People experiencing headaches when taking myrrh essential oils have observed reduced pain by 2/3rd. This amazing pain-blocking signal your brain receives from the application of myrrh essential oils not only relieves the pain but also blocks your body’s production of inflammatory chemicals that lead to swelling and the associated pain.

4. Kills Parasites

Parasite infections most commonly arise from pets, sexual activity, or contaminated food or water. You can fight parasite infections by consuming a purified myrrh extract that has been formulated as a soft gelatin capsule or suppository. Some studies suggest that the myrrh drug also effects against the cause of liver and bile duct disease. Myrrh oil may prove helpful for treating parasite infections especially in cases of drug resistance.

5. Kills Harmful Bacteria

Myrrh benefits

Myrrh is primarily used for antiviral and antibiotic applications. The herbal medicine stimulates white blood cells to help your immune system fight infections. It is most commonly used for the common cold, respiratory infection, ear infection, sore throat, or swollen lymph nodes.

Myrrh oil is used to kill harmful bacteria. Thus, protecting the body against harmful diseases.

6. Powerful Antioxidant

Myrrh is a powerful antioxidant that fights aging and some disease. Some studies found that myrrh oil is more effective than vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant at fighting free radicals. Whether you apply myrrh oil or inhale it, it helps in protecting your body against oxidative damage.

7. Anticancer

Many studies have suggested that myrrh is part of a group of natural resins from the Boswellia tree. These groups of resins, including frankincense and myrrh, have shown great promise in the ability to reduce the proliferation of human cancer cells. And thus inhabiting growth in eight different types of cancer cells. Test-tube studies have shown that myrrh oil helps in killing cancer cells from the liver, prostate, breast, and skin.

So here is the bottom line as we see it from a natural point of view,

Using myrrh oil with a pleasant, warm, and earthly scent has several health benefits. If you research and read recent studies you will discover how this natural essential oil resin when used properly, is helpful in killing harmful bacteria, microbes and supports oral health, heals skin, reduces swelling, inflammation, and much more.

Thus, if you want to give myrrh a try you can diffuse the essential oil for inhaling its aroma or diluting myrrh oil with a carrier and applying to your skin for amazing results. You can easily buy products containing myrrh, such as mouthwash or in various ointments, from any natural healing store.

Our blog post is a collaborative effort by the founders of More Natural Healing in conjunction with Editors of Renewed Health Alliance, and our board of advisors including doctors, herbalists, and experts in using natural herbs and supplements to enhance our daily lives. We only provide information that has been researched, validated, and vetted for our posts and includes validation from experts in the herbal community.  A person of interest on our team is:
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, and Nutritional Health Consultant. Cindy helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness, and happiness. She is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur of several businesses. Cindy is a contributing writer and blogger for More Natural Healing & Renewed Health Alliance

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