Myrrh comes from the thorny tree Commiphora Myrrha. The tree is native to Somalia, Oman, Yemen and parts of Saudi Arabia. Harvested the same as Frankincense, the tree bark is cut so the resin with bleed out and harden into tears.
The name Myrrh comes from Hebrew and means “bitter”.
This resin is often used in perfume, medicine and as an incense.
As a medicine it is used as an antiseptic mouthwash for sores, swelling, gingivitis, and bad breath. It can be used topically for chapped lips, sores and hemorrhoids. It also works well on skin irritations and symptoms of eczema due to it’s antioxidant properties. The essential oils should always be used diluted.
The earliest recorded expedition which brought large amounts of myrrh from Somalia was by King Sahure of Egypt. The Egyptians used it for embalming. Myrrh is also mentioned in the bible as a perfume or ingredient of Ketoret, an incense used in temples at Jerusalem.
In spirituality myrrh is used for promoting grounding and lifting negative moods. Myrrh is sacred to the Mother Goddess and also a powerful incense for deep meditation and connecting with the dead and the underworld. It is also considered an incense of Ra and therefore appropriate for uses in cleansing and protection.