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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Aromatherapy Thursday - Myrrh

Matthew 2:11
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Just like Frankincense the Bible speaks about Myrrh as a Holy sacrifice given as gift to the baby Jesus.  It was considered to be a gift of great wealth and is referenced throughout the bible as used in religious ceremonies and for physical treatments.

Myrrh is considered to have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that can help cleans and treat wounds.  Because of this antiseptic affect Myrrh is used in some tooth pastes.  It also had properties that can calm and sooth nerves; the anointing oils mentioned in the bible would be a similar mixture to the massage oils that we use today.

Myrrh is often burned during religious ceremonies because it has the metaphysical power to open the Astral Veil.  Because one does not want to randomly open this channel between this world and the  spiritual world, it is usually used with another incense such as Frankincense.  Together with Frankincense it is powerful in drawing positive energy and angels.
This wonderful incense can be found in my shop Butterfly In The Attic at http://www.etsy.com/listing/87832439/christmas-incense-myrrh-resin-religious
Just like Frankincense, Myrrh is a resin that is harvested from a tree in the Middle East.  The oil is also made from the resin (sap) of the tree rather than the leaves or fruit.  It has a camphor smell and is used in aromatherapy as a stimulant and for rejuvenation.
Goddess Naturals carries a large selection of natural bath and beauty products. 
One of their many wonderful items is a Myrrh Himalayan Toothpowder that can be found
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Goddessnaturals?ref=seller_info
Simple ways of using Myrrh would be to add a few drops to a aromatherapy diffuser or to mix with a carrier oil such as grape seed oil.  Myrrh oil should never be placed directly on the skin and should always be diluted with a carrier oil.  Another simple use is to simply add a few tears of Myrrh resin to a bed of hot coals and burn as with other incense.  Please use the standard precautions for burning incense.

Best of all there are many products already made for you that can be easily found in a number ETSY shops.  Not only do they have the wonderful properties that Myrrh boasts but they are beautiful too.

As with all aromatherapy and homeopathy, you should contact your physician and test for allergies prior to use. 

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