A gum resin, usually of a yellowish brown or amber color, of an aromatic odor, and a bitter, slightly pungent taste. It is valued for its odor and for its medicinal properties. It exudes from the bark of a shrub of Abyssinia and Arabia, the Commiphora Myrrha (syn. Balsamodendron Myrrha) of the family Burseraceae, or from the Commiphora abyssinica. The myrrh of the Bible is supposed to have been partly the gum above named, and partly the exudation of species of Cistus, or rockrose.
(Origin Somalia) - Steam distilled from the crude myrrh and having a warm, sweet, slightly medicinal aroma. Traditionally used for asthma, athletes foot and bronchitis. Reputed to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic.
Warm, earthy, woody, balsamic. This is the Myrrh of the Bible. It was a principal ingredient in the holy anointing oil, and one of the gifts brought by the wise men to worship the infant Jesus. It was also used as a perfume, incense, medicine, ointment and an embalming oil. Benefits: Moisturizes dry skin.