Myrrh – Commiphora myrrha – India
Extraction: Distilled from dried resin
Volatility: Base note
Colour: Reddish amber viscous liquid
Aroma: Heavy, smoky, drying, slightly bitter
Sesquiterpenes (55-75%) – lindestrene (20-30%), elemene (6-8%), bourolene (4-5%)
Ketones (15-20%) – curzenone (8-11%)
Monoterpenes (4-6%) – ocimene (2-3%), p-cymene (1-2%)
Carboxylic Acids (1-2%) – acetic, formic palmetic
Cautions / Safety Data
Avoid use during pregnancy. May irritate skin. Do not use on the skin full strength. Always dilute in appropriate carriers before use. Not for internal use. If pregnant or suffering from serious medical conditions, consult a qualified health professional, experienced in the use of essential oils.
This oil is best known for its healing properties in cases of wounds and tissue damage. It’s reputation for this was noted in ancient Greece with Galen and his successful treatments of Gladiators for their wounds. In fact, all Gladiators carried a pouch of myrrh paste into battle with them.