What Is Myrrh Essential Oil?
Myrrh is a reddish-brown dried sap from a thorny tree called Commiphora myrrha. It is native to northeastern Africa and southwest Asia. A steam distillation process is used to extract myrrh essential oil from the resin, which is amber to brown in color and has an earthy scent.
Many are familiar that in Biblical times, frankincense and myrrh incense were commonly burned in places of worship. The interesting part is that this was done to help purify the air and prevent the spread of contagious diseases, including those caused by bacteria. Of course the combination of frankincense and myrrh smells fantastic as well.
Myrrh can benefit your skin in many incredible ways. For centuries, it’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine because of its healing properties. It has natural anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that the Chinese used for eczema, athlete’s foot and minor skin irritation.
Ancient Egyptians also prized myrrh for its beauty benefits. Egyptians who are known for being “lovers of all things beauty,” used it in skincare to reverse signs of aging and maintain healthy skin.
How It Is Used In Skincare Today
Today myrrh is added to skincare products to help skin retain moisture, fight skin aging and boost radiance. The warm, earthy scent is also a natural fragrance for perfumes and personal care products.
Why is it so beneficial for your skin? The secret is terpenes. Myrrh contains skin-soothing limonene, bacteria-fighting germacrene, anti-fungal curzerene and magnesium.
Why We Use It
We have multiple products that contain myrrh essential oil. One of those is our Dead Sea Mud & Salt Handmade Soap. This soap is a wonderful mixture of skin loving ingredients such as coconut oil, dead sea salt, frankincense and myrrh.
As mentioned earlier frankincense and myrrh have been used together throughout history for its scent as well as the many benefits it provides for your skin. Dead Sea salts are comprised of a wide variety of minerals that gently exfoliates. They also tighten and hydrate your skin. This soap is perfect for even sensitive skin, and will leave your skin smooth and moisturized.
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