Essential Oils

Myrrh Oil

Obtained from a “small thorny tree species” is an essential oil known as Myrrh Oil.  This oil is basically extracted from a tree species known as “Comniphora Myrrha” in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this essential oil is mainly obtained from the “oleo gum resins” found in the trees belonging to the genus known as “Comniphora”. Apparently, this oil was used in ancient Greece to heal wounds. In addition, it was also commonly used in ancient Egypt in the manufacturing of perfumes.

A. Chemical constituents of Myrrh Oil:

This oil was extracted from a small thorny tree species known as “Comniphora Myrrha” in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil comprises of organic compounds such as Alpha Pinene, Cadinene, Limonene, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Cresol, Heerabolene, Acetic Acid, Formic Acid, and Sesquiterpenes.

B. The uses and benefits of Myrrh Oil:

There are a number of benefits that one can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Antifungal:

This oil when used serves as an “antifungal” by helping in the destruction of viruses, and thereby preventing a viral infection.

2. Antimicrobial:

This oil when used exhibits an “antimicrobial” property and helps in the destruction of disease causing microorganisms.

3. Carminative:

This oil when used also helps in resolving issues related to gas formation i.e. flatulence and thereby serves as a carminative.

4. Expectorant:

This oil when used helps in clearing congestion of the lung/chest by stimulating the expulsion of waste materials such as phlegm and mucus, and thereby serves as an expectorant.

5. Diaphoretic:

This oil when used serves as a “diaphoretic” by stimulating the increased production of sweat.

C. The adverse effects of Myrrh Oil:

There are a couple of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:

  1. This oil if used in excess could prove to be extremely toxic, and hence should be used carefully.

 The use of this oil can severely affect pregnancy, hence pregnant women must avoid using it.

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