Botanical Name: Commiphora
Family Name: Burseraceaes
Common Name: Myrrh
Part Used: Gum from the plant’s bark
Due to Myrrh oil high fragrance properties it is used in the preparation of sticks. This is also use due to its other great benefits such as analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
This plant was firstly found in Arab countries, Somalia and Yemen. India and china also grows varieties of myrrh plant.
From the time of pyramids the use of this plant has been recorded. Egyptians used this oil plant in mummification process embalm the dead body. Due to its medical properties it is also used by Chinese and also used in the preparation of incense sticks. It has been used for many centuries due to its healing ability in the field of Ayurveda.
This plant is native to Eastern Mediterranean region and to the Arabian countries. It needs little rain for the growth of its plant and it is grow in arid regions. It can grow up to 16 feet in height. When it starts to ooze milk by cutting at least 2 inches deep then only this pant can be harvested for the oil. At an interval of 15 days this plant can be harvested successfully for a period of three to four months in a year.
The bark of this plant is cut at least 2 inches deep for the extraction of its oil. The liquid which comes from the bark when it gets cut is used to turn into resin. Steam distillation technique is adopted for the extraction of oil after removing the globules of the resin.
Commonly Known Benefits
Myrrh oil has many antiseptic properties so it is extensively as an ingredient in the production of mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes. It provides great benefits to cure the gum related problems.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties it is also used to improve the blood circulation in the body and it reduces irritation. It helps to uplift the mood due to its properties related to its aroma. It acts as an antidepressant. It provides great relief to the mind by reducing the stress.
According to several studies, this plant has abilities to reduce the glucose ant it can also be used for the treatment of diabetes. Now this oil is used extensively in the medicines for the treatment of diabetes.
Due to its high aroma qualities, this oil is also used in many scents, perfumes and incense sticks. It also has disinfectant properties which help to keep the bacteria away. To keep the harmful germs away this oil is also used on the sinks, floors, and walls.
Due to its smell, mosquitoes also keep away. It acts as a repellent for the mosquitoes. This oil is highly extensively used in aroma due to its spicy and fresh fragrance.
This oil helps to keep the germs away to its disinfectant properties, so it is used extensively in hospitals and other places to keep the germs away.