Myrrh Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Myrrh Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha

Oil Overview

Myrrh essential oil has a warm, slightly musty, spicy balsamic odour and is pale yellow to amber in colour.

Oil Sources

Mhyrr is native to Africa, Somalia, Arabia and Yemen. Myrrh oil is extracted by steam distillation of the oleo resin.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-pinene, cadinene, limonene, cuminaldehyde, eugenol, m-cresol, heerabolene, acetic acid, formic acid and other sesquiterpenes and acids.


Spicy, Woodsy

Therapeutic Properties:

Anti inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiphlogistic, Antiseptic, Astringent, Balsamic, Carminative, Cicatrisant, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Fungicide, Sedative, Stimulant, Stomachic, Tonic, Uterine, Vulnerary

Possible Uses

Athletes Foot, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colds and Flu, Coughs, Dental Infection, Diarrhoea, Digestion, Eczema, Flatulence, Haemorrhoids/Piles, Menstrual Pain, Mouth Ulcers, Skin Sores, Sore Throat, Wounds


Pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

It should not be used during pregnancy.

Compatible Combination Oils

Benzoin, Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood


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