Myrrh or Commiphora myrrha is obtained by way of steam distillation of the resin which comes from the bushes grown in Somalia and different Center Jap areas. The myrrh tree appears similar to the frankincense tree. It grows in arid desert lands and might attain a top of about 30 toes. It has knotted branches, fragrant leaves and white flowers. The myrrh tree yields reddish brown resin as in comparison with the pale yellow resin of the frankincense tree. Just like the frankincense tree, it solely places out leaves if there’s moisture within the air.
In Biblical instances there have been about 9 completely different species of myrrh bushes, in the present day we might rely over 80. It is likely one of the oldest non secular oils recognized to man. Myrrh was utilized in childbirth to stop an infection and was rubbed on the perineum to assist in stretching to permit for simpler childbirth. It was subtle beneath the mattress to advertise confidence and tranquility and rubbed undiluted on the mom’s stomach following delivery to scale back stretch marks. In reality it was the oil of alternative for expectant and new moms of Biblical instances. It was then used on the umbilical twine to stop an infection. Ladies notably used myrrh of their skincare lotions and oils to protect a youthful look. Myrrh has astringent properties making it good for mouth and gum points. It was talked about within the Ebers Papyrus which listed 877 prescriptions and recipes. That is a kind of oils used from womb to tomb. Myrrh was used as an embalming ingredient, was typically added to wine to ease ache notably on the time of demise and it was given to the condemned on the cross to extend their agony.
Historical Solar-Display screen Secret – To see how myrrh oil is a sun-screen secret, we have to take a look at its chemistry. It is rather excessive in sesquiterpenes making it anti-microbial. It fights each micro organism and viruses. In its chemistry we discover there are 20-27% furanoids that are normally considered phototoxic-a actual puzzle-the Egyptians who lived beneath the recent solar used myrrh oil on their pores and skin each day with out sunburn reactions-in truth they used myrrh to guard the pores and skin from the solar and as a repellent to biting bugs. It appears to behave like a sunscreen defending the pores and skin from ultraviolet gentle as an alternative of accelerating its sensitivity to burn. It’s believed that the excessive quantities of sesquiterpenes really quench the results so myrrh just isn’t a phototoxic oil in spite of everything. That is an instance of synergy and an instance of how compounds change their conduct in keeping with the corporate they hold. Hazardous and poisonous in a single setting-safe and therapeutic in one other. When making use of to the face as a solar protectant, dilute 20-80 or make a 5% dilution by placing 10 drops in 5 ml of vegetable oil.