Have you ever smelled myrrh when it is burned as an incense? If you haven’t, well, it is one of the most exotic things you could ever smell in this world. Growing up, it has been a tradition in our family to burn myrrh incense in the morning to start the day, or in the evening to calm the mood. Whenever I smell myrrh, it gives me good memories in our homeland in Somalia.
For starters, myrrh is a sap-like substance that comes out of the bark of trees which are members of the Commiphora species. It is usually reddish brown in color, and can be found in certain countries. Fortunately, you can find the highest quality of myrrh in Africa. What’s more, we have family trees of myrrh in our hometown in Puntland state, Somalia.
Aside from being one of the three gifts of the three kings to Jesus, myrrh is an essential ingredient in traditional medicine, particularly in Chinese and Ayurveda. Throughout history, people have been using myrrh as a fixative in cosmetics; and as a base note in perfumery for its sweet and spicy aroma. Did you know that high-end brands such as Christian Dior, Prada, and Jo Malone use myrrh for its popular perfumes?
Sometimes, myrrh can be a bit expensive because of the tedious process to harvest it. However, I can say that it is worth it to have a bag of myrrh resin either in your work space or at home. Here are 3 reasons why you should give someone or yourself the gift of myrrh:
Myrrh resin can come in handy in keeping your house clean and free from certain types of bacteria. Especially now that most countries are still under lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I recommend burning myrrh as an incense to keep your indoor space clean. It shouldn’t replace the disinfectants that you already use, but using myrrh as an incense is a good supplement to purify the air.
Throughout history, myrrh resin has been lauded for its tons of benefits in the medical field. You can use myrrh resin for a wide range of issues. Some people use it for indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, and lung congestion. It is also helpful for more serious illnesses such as arthritis, cancer, leprosy, spasms, and syphilis. It even serves as a stimulant to increase menstrual flow. Aside from that, you can apply it directly to the mouth to avoid soreness and swelling, gingivitis, loose teeth, bad breath, and chapped lips. You can also use it topically for hemorrhoids, bedsores, wounds, abrasions, and boils. Given these dozens of health benefits, you may want to have myrrh resin at home. This is to keep all of your loved ones at home healthy and protected from diseases. However, a word of caution. Prior to use, you need to make sure that your myrrh resin is approved for internal use. Otherwise, you can only use it externally, like in making a tincture for wound care.
Whether you use it as an incense or as an essential oil, inhaling the aroma of this ancient treasure is known to improve one’s mood. I especially love this whenever I want to feel more positive in the day. It has a warm, rich, and balsamic scent that elicits a sense of relaxation. It also gives you a feeling of grounding, wherein you will feel that you are more connected to the earth.
To be able to indulge with the aroma of myrrh is a gift that keeps on giving. I hope that you give it a try so you can experience its benefits, too.
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