7 Reasons Myrrh Is Still Effective Today
Written by: Brandi Monasco
You have probably heard of myrrh and the story that goes along with the Three Wise Men gifting baby Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Myrrh was important in the biblical days just as it is important today. In biblical times, myrrh was used as a natural antiseptic remedy to clean and heal wounds and also as a spice. Myrrh has often been used as fragrance in candles and oils and it can also be added to recipes to add flavor and health benefits.
In fact, there are so many health benefits that myrrh has to offer, that it is often referred to as a “super oil.”
Check Out Some Of The Top Benefits:
1. Antioxidant. Antioxidants help your body fight against free radicals that can potentially cause oxidative damage to your organs. A study published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology found that myrrh has such a high antioxidant level that it can protect your liver against damage.
2. Antifungal And Antibacterial. Myrrh has anti-fungal properties that can be used either externally or internally to fight fungal infections. The antibacterial property in myrrh can help in aiding wounds and preventing infections of those wounds. Myrrh can be used on minor skin irritations such as acne and athlete’s foot.
3. Antiviral And Antimicrobial. These two properties give myrrh the power to not let germs grow or infect the body. Using myrrh can help prevent infections such as food poisoning, mumps, measles and wound infections.
4. Astringent. Myrrh oil also acts as an astringent. This means that it can strengthen the hold of the skin, muscles and other internal organs as well as help strengthen your gums. Myrrh can also be used to help strengthen your hair roots, which helps prevent hair loss.
5. Expectorant. Using myrrh oil when you have a bad cough or a cold can help fight off the viral infections that causes these coughs and colds. Myrrh oil can also help relieve congestion and rid your lungs and airways of phlegm and mucus.
6. Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation can cause unwanted pain such as stiff joints if you have arthritis. Myrrh oil basically sedates the inflammation in your tissue, relieving you of the ailments that inflammation can cause.
7. Antiseptic. Using myrrh oil can help keep cuts and wounds from becoming infected. Myrrh helps to not only keep your wounds clean, but it also protects them from becoming septic.
How To Use Myrrh Oil:
1. Diffuse It Or Breathe It In. If you have an oil diffuser, you can add a few drops of myrrh oil to your diffuser and simply diffuse it. You can also add a few drops to a hot bath and inhale the steam as you relax. This is beneficial if you are suffering from a cough or a cold.
2. Apply It Directly To Your Skin. Keep in mind that if you apply any type of essential oil to your skin such as myrrh oil, you will need to mix it with a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil before applying. Myrrh oil is great to be applied to your skin for aiding wounds and skin rejuvenation.
You can also mix myrrh oil with an unscented lotion, or you can make your own frankincense and myrrh lotion!
Have you ever used myrrh before? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!
7 Reasons Myrrh Is Still Effective Today
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- ¼ cup of beeswax
- ¼ cup of shea butter
- 2 tbsp of vitamin E oil
- 20 drops of myrrh essential oil
- 20 drops of frankincense essential oil
- Place the coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax and shea butter into a glass bowl and place that bowl into a sauce pan with water.
- Turn the stove to medium heat and mix the ingredients together.
- Once the ingredients are mixed, place it in the refrigerator for about an hour until the mixture is solid.
- Using a mixer or hand beater, beat the mixture until it is fluffy and whipped.
- Add the essential oils and the vitamin E into the mixture and mix together.
- Fill the lotion bottle with the mixture and store in a cool place.
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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