Myrrh from the Arabic 'mur', is the aromatic resin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora. which is an essential oil termed an oleoresin. Myrrh resin is a natural gum. It has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense and medicine. It can also be ingested by mixing it with wine.When a tree wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree bleeds a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum. Myrrh gum is waxy, and coagulates quickly. After the harvest, the gum becomes hard and glossy.
The gum is yellowish, and may be either clear or opaque. It darkens deeply as it ages, and white streaks emerge.Myrrh gum is commonly harvested from the species Commiphora myrrha, which is native to Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea and eastern Ethiopia.Another commonly used name, Commiphora molmol, is now considered a synonym of Commiphora myrrha.The related Commiphora gileadensis, native to Eastern Mediterranean and particularly the Arabian Peninsula, is the biblically referenced Balm of Gilead,also known as Balsam of Mecca. Several other species yield bdellium and Indian myrrh.
The oleo gum resins of a number of other Commiphora species are also used as perfumes, medicines (such as aromatic wound dressings), and incense ingredients. These myrrh-like resins are known as opopanax, balsam, bdellium, guggul and bisabol.Fragrant "myrrh beads" are made from the crushed seeds of Detarium microcarpum, an unrelated West African tree. These beads are traditionally worn by married women in Mali as multiple strands around the hips.
The name "myrrh" is also applied to the potherb Myrrhis odorata, otherwise known as "cicely" or "sweet cicely".Myrrh is also found in the Christian Bible as one of the three gifts the wise men presented to baby Jesus.Myrrh is used more frequently in Ayurveda and Unani medicine, which ascribe tonic and rejuvenative properties to the resin.
It (daindhava) is utilized in many specially processed rasayana formulas in Ayurveda. However, non-rasayana myrrh is contraindicated when kidney dysfunction or stomach pain is apparent.Myrrh was an ingredient of Ketoret, the consecrated incense used in the First and Second Temples at Jerusalem, as described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. An offering was made of the Ketoret on a special incense altar, and was an important component of the Temple service.
Myrrh is also listed as an ingredient in the holy anointing oil used to anoint the Tabernacle, high priests and kings.Myrrh is an expensive spice, used for making perfume, incense, medicine, and for anointing the dead.Myrrh appears frequently in the Old Testament, primarily as a sensuous perfume in the Song of Solomon.
The sap like substance, which has a unique sweet and smoky aroma, has a wide range of uses.Myrrh is mainly used:as a fragrancefor embalmingto flavor food productsfor its potential therapeutic properties.The essential oil has been part of medical practice in traditional therapies for millennia.
Myrrh Absolute or Oil is a complete fragrance in itself , it blends wonderfully with heavy florals and makes unique accords with Patchouli and Sandalwood. Exceptional in burning , this was one of the material along with Olibanum that were first used in Churches as fragrances. The warm fruity mango like with a hint of spice odour of Myrrh is captivating . Oriental Blends will benefit with the addition of this material.
Resinoid Myrrh - Reconstitution -