“ Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,” Exodus 30:23 KJV
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil is one of Young Living‘s single oil blends and can be purchased in the “Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture Kit“ or as an individual essential oil. For thousands of years Myrrh Essential Oil has been used not only as an incense for religious rituals but also to aid the immune system.
It has an earthy, balsamic aroma, promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting. It’s botanical family is Burseraceae and the plant’s origin is Somalia. The method used to extract Myrrh is steam distilled from gum/resin.
It’s ORAC value is 379,800 µTE/100g.
“It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, the Ebers Papyrus (dating from 16th century BC), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. The Arabian people used myrrh for many skin conditions such as chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles. It was listed in Hildegard’s Medicine, a compilation of early German medicines by highly regarded Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179).” (Young, 136)
The uses of Myrrh are:
- fungal infections (Candida, ringworm)
- tooth/gum infections
- skin conditions (eczema, chapped, cracked, wrinkles, stretch marks)
Myrrh was used in ancient times in the mummification process by the Egyptians. It can be diffused, directly inhaled, taken as a dietary supplement, or applied topically. In the Bible, Myrrh oil was one of the principal spices of the holy anointing oils discussed in Exodus 30:23. It is mentioned a total of 15 times in the Bible:
- Genesis 37:25
- Genesis 43:11
- Exodus 30:23
- Esther 2:12
- Psalm 45:8
- Proverbs 7:17
- Solomon 1:13
- Solomon 3:6
- Solomon 4:6
- Solomon 4:14
- Solomon 5:1
- Solomon 5:13
- Matthew 2:11
- Mark 15:23
- John 19:39
Works Cited: Young, Gary. Essential Oils Desk Reference.6th ed. Lehi: Life Science Publishing, 2014. Print.
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