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Myrrh Essential Oil
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The aroma of Myrrh essential oil is balsamic, warm and spicy.

Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha (Nees) Engl

Common Name: Myrrh

Plant Part: Resin

Form: Essential Oil

Family: Burseraceae

Synonyms: Common myrrh, Hirabol myrrh, myrrha

Origin: Native to the Red Sea region (Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen) and parts of Kenya. Grows wild throughout north east Africa and south west Asia. The gum is produced mainly in Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen.

Botanical Description: Are small trees or shrubs up to 5-meters (20 ft) high, with a grayish bark, dense trifoliate, aromatic leaves, short, thorny branches and small pink or yellow flowers. The trees exude a yellowish-white milky liquid when incisions are made on the bark. This liquid hardens into small, reddish brown tears.

Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the gum resin. The oil is pale yellow, or pale orange, or pale amber- greenish mobile liquid. Yield 3 to 8%.

Aroma Profile: Myrrh has a sharp, balsamic and slightly medicinal top note. The middle note is increasingly sweet, and the dry out note is aromatic, warm and spicy.

Major Constituents: Heerabolene, cinnamaldehyde, cuminic, eugenol, cadinene, pinene, b-elemene, d-elemene, furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, curzerene and limonene.

Common Adulterants: Refined myrrh which contains essential oil as well as extracted matter is sometimes sold as essential oil.

Regulatory Status: FDA 121.1163. 172.510

Aroma Benefits: centering, meditative, visualizing

Blends Well With: Sandalwood, pine, geranium, lavender, cypress, mandarin, orange, juniper, thyme, patchouli, peppermint, spearmint, frankincense

Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.

Directories: Essential Oils

Description: The aroma of Myrrh essential oil is balsamic, warm and spicy.

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