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Essential oils of the season: Myrrh

In the Bible there are over 600 references to essential oils and/or aromatic plants from which they were extracted.
The Three Wise Men presented to the newborn baby Jesus a gift of gold, incense and Myrrh.
 
The essential oil of Myrrh is an oleo-gum resin from the the trunks and limbs of the tree.
The name Myrrh comes from hebrew words and means bitter, it is harvested mostly in countries around the Red Sea.
 
Ancient use: pregnant mothers annointed themselves for protection against infectious deseases and to increase feelings of well-being.
Diffused and inhaled during labour to reduce anxiety and calm it was used after childbirth to prevent or reduce abdominal stretch marks.
Myrrh was also used for skin conditions, oral hygiene, embalming and as an insect repellent.
Myrrh has always been a popular fixing oil, from ancient times to the present, to prolong the life of the fragrances in other oils.   
 
Modern uses: Antiseptic, balancing to thyroid and endocrine system, supports immune system. Myrrh is also beneficial for bornchitis, diarrhea, thrush in babies, vaginal thrush, athletes foot, chapped skin and wrinkles. iI is considered emotionally releasing and grounding.
 
In Perfumery Myrrh is used as a base note, adding an oriental, earthy  scent to the blend. Myrrh blends amazingly well with sandalwood and rosa damascena or rosa centifolia.
 
References:
Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart
Olio essenziale di mirra by Dr. Elena Cobez, Italy
 
 
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