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Myrrh Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits and Precautions

When most people hear of myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha) they are reminded of the stories they heard in Sunday School, but rarely do they know why myrrh oil has been used and revered for over 5,000 years. Even before the science confirmed it, the wise men knew of the health properties, benefits, and uses of these sacred oils. Myrrh is extracted by steam distilling the resin of the plant. It has a warm, earthy, and balsamic aroma that is quite hard to describe but easy to recognize.

Many more studies have been done in the past few decades on the uses and benefits of myrrh, which have shown its capabilities on the hormonal, immune, and nervous systems, as well as on skin.

Primary Benefits

  • Powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat
  • Soothing to the skin; promotes a smooth, youthful-looking complexion
  • Promotes emotional balance and well-being

Emotional Benefits

In addition to the physical support myrrh offers the body, there are also the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of this oil. It's said to impact our sense of maternal connection and healthy attachment, especially relating to trust, abandonment, trauma, and feeling unsafe. Because healthy attachment is critical to our sense of safety in the world around us and those in it, it may support the parent-child bond in adoption and fostering, or support an adult in releasing childhood trauma that may impact their current relationships or ability to form trusting bonds with others.

Complimentary Oils

Myrrh essential oil blends well with Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood and all spice oils. 
Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Frankincense or Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils.

How to Use Myrrh Essential Oil

Traditionally, myrrh essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Myrrh Essential Oil

Use with caution during pregnancy. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Myrrh Essential Oil

  • Add 1–2 drops to toothpaste for added cleansing benefits and to promote oral health.
  • Diffuse to help promote awareness and uplift your mood.
  • Add to your lotion/moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Add 1–2 drops to 1/4 cup of water with a little agave or honey to help ease digestive discomfort.
  • Diffuse as desired or place 1-2 drops myrrh essential oil in your palms and cup over the nose and mouth while you breathe naturally for trust.

Inspiration for Using Myrrh Essential Oil

Nourishing Cuticle Cream: Melt 2 Tbsp Shea Butter with 1 Tbs coconut oil, add 7 drops each Lavender and Myrrh essential oils. Pour into jars, let cool all the way before sealing.

DIY Mouthwash: In a glass container, mix 1/2 c Filtered Water, 1 tsp Calcium Magnesium Powder and 2 drops each Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Clove, and Myrrh essential oils. Rinse mouth after you brush your teeth.

Christmas Gifts Diffuser Blend: 5 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Myrrh, and 3 drops Wild Orange.


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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