Spicy scent and Anti-inflammatory
Myrrh is used for its fantastic antiseptic, astringent and skin soothing qualities; it also has a distinctive aroma making it popular in perfumery, giving a decadent spicy scent to our products. It was used by the ancient Egyptians in religious rites and as a preservative in the mummification process.
Myrrh is a resin produced by small sturdy trees. These grow to no more than 9 feet in height and inhabit the semi-desert regions of Yemen, Libya, and Iran. They can also be found along the coast of the Red Sea. Because the myrrh trees are from the same botanical family as frankincense (Burseraceae), they share a number of similar features. A yellow liquid is discharged and extracted naturally from cracks or cuts in the trunk. When this sets it resembles brownish-red pieces called gum. Steam distillation is used to extract an essential oil from the resin. Most myrrh, however, is used as a resinoid, which is obtained by solvent extraction. When burnt, it expands and blooms, rather than melting.
Myrrh has been shown to be antiseptic, astringent, carminative and highly anti-inflammatory. In modern medicine, it is used in pharmaceutical and dental preparations. It has been used to help promote the speedy recovery of wounds and treat conditions such as athlete's foot. It is highly effective in treating ulcers and gum problems, making it a popular ingredient in toothpastes.
The origin of the word myrrh is from the Arabic term murr, meaning bitter. Most of the internationally traded myrrh is produced in the Southern Arabic peninsular (Oman and Yemen) and northeast Africa (Somalia). Myrrh has been used throughout human history as an ingredient in incense and perfumery for its rich, amber-incense aroma. In ancient times, it was often worth more than gold.
Myrrh resinoid is used in our fine fragrances, bath and shower products, face moisturisers and lip balms. In Miranda soap and Beautiful shower gel, myrrh is used for its antiseptic and astringent properties. Our Gorgeous moisturiser contains myrrh resinoid for its aroma and skin soothing benefits.