Myrrh is mentioned 19 times throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It is the first oil mentioned in Genesis, in the Old Testament. It is the last oil mentioned in Revelation in the New Testament. Myrrh essential oil comes from the gummy resin of the Myrrh tree. It was one of the oils used to make the Anointing Oil mentioned in Exodus.
Throughout history, myrrh was used as a perfume, incense, and health aid, also in embalming and religious ceremonies. Myrrh has powerful cleansing properties, in particular for the mouth and throat. It can help decrease swelling (inflammation) and fight environmental threats.
Myrrh essential oil is an aromatherapy favorite because of its uplifting properties. It is also calming to the central nervous system. When diffused, myrrh has sedative qualities and helps ease feelings of self-doubt that tend to promote tranquility and lift one’s mood.
Gift of the Wise Men
We probably all remember Myrrh as one of the gifts the Wise Men brought to the baby Jesus in Matthew 2:11. Myrrh was also mixed with wine and offered to Jesus as he hung on the cross (Mark 15:23), this mixture would have helped dull the senses. Research has found that molecules in myrrh act on the brain’s opioid receptors, which explains the painkilling properties of myrrh. There are accounts of Roman soldiers drinking Myrrh with their liquor thinking it would help them “hold their alcohol” better.
For centuries myrrh was valued for its internal and external health benefits to help decrease swelling (inflammation) and kill bacteria, as a perfume, and in incense; also in embalming and religious ceremonies. Ancient records show that Myrrh was deemed so valuable that at times throughout history it was literary worth its weight in gold.
Myrrh Essential Oil Today
Myrrh has powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat. It is soothing to the skin and helps promotes emotional balance and well-being. Add a drop of Myrrh to your regular lotion/moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
When applying myrrh to the skin, you may want to dilute the oil with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or a regular skin lotion to minimize any possible skin sensitivity.