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How to Use Myrrh Essential Oil: 3 Therapeutic Ways!

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Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha) is distilled from a resin, just like Frankincense.

The Myrrh tree secretes a rich sap when its trunk is “injured,” which hardens and can then be harvested. The dried resin itself makes a gorgeous loose incense. But it can also be distilled, which gives us a rich, warm, unique essential oil with a whole host of therapeutic uses and benefits!

When you know how to use Myrrh essential oil in multiple ways, it can become a trusted friend that you can turn to in a variety of situations.

How to Use Myrrh Essential Oil #1: Skin Care

All of the essential oils distilled from resins have a few things in common.

One is that they all love skin!

Myrrh essential oil is gentle, and can be used in blends to relieve skin irritation, calm pain, ease itching, soothe very dry areas, and support the skin’s overall natural healing process. Myrrh is a wonderful friend to include in your daily skin care routine.

In this recipe, I’m blending Myrrh into vanilla-infused jojoba, which smells so decadent, is deeply nourishing for skin, and has a lovely long shelf life.

Myrrh & Vanilla Skin Care Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 12 drops Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.

Combine the vanilla-infused jojoba and Myrrh essential oil, shake gently, and use as a daily moisturizer.

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How to Use Myrrh Essential Oil #2: Calming a Cold

Another thing the “resin oils” have in common is offering a lot of support to the respiratory system.

If you feel a cold coming on, are congested, and just have that overall icky and achy feeling, Myrrh helps break up congestion so you can breathe, and support your immunity.

Let’s blend a few drops of Myrrh with Eucalyptus essential oil in an Aromatherapy inhaler.

Myrrh-alyptus Cold Clear Inhaler

  • 7 drops Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha)
  • 7 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

Making an Aromatherapy inhaler is so simple and fun—even if you are a complete “newbie” and have never made an inhaler before! You can learn how to do it by watching me in this video.

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How to Use Myrrh Essential Oil #3: Relaxation

Myrrh’s aroma is unique—and it actually changes a bit as the essential oil ages.

When the oil is fresh, it has a “sharp” almost medicinal aroma. And as it ages, it loses that “edge” and becomes mellower.

Whether your Myrrh essential oil is younger or older, it can help you feel emotionally centered, and relaxed. Use it to calm down after a long day, to get ready for sleep, or even during a busy day when you want to support your sense of balance.

Myrrh & Lavender Calm & Centered Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 7 drops Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha)
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. I like to use a bottle with a dropper top, so I can just get a few drops on my wrists or hands (or wherever I would like to use it).

Combine the jojoba, Myrrh, and Lavender, shake gently, and relax!

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Now you know 3 ways to use Myrrh essential oil!

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Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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