Myrrh Defined; Resin, essential oil, tincture and more

Esther’s Days of Purification is currently on its third reprint. It should be available on or about April 15, 2011.

Shemen Tova, our essential oil line will be available soon. This will include our true green myrtle and oregano oil from Israel. Also we have some wonderful jewelry items that will soon be available so you can wear your essential oils where ever you go. So stayed tuned, I’ll post when these items are available.


  • Myrrh Resin ~ Burned as an incense either in its natural state or ground to a powder. Some soap-makers use ground myrrh as a texture for their soaps. The scent of myrrh resin is faint, not like the essential oil or tincture.
  • Myrrh Essential Oil ~ Steam distilled either fresh or from dried resin. There is a vast  difference between the myrrh (and frankincense) oils that are distilled from freshly harvested oleo-gum-resins and those that had been stored for many months (as is usually the case with most myrrh essential oil in today’s market.) It is recommended that you blend myrrh essential oil with a carrier (fixed) oil. (3 % essential oil with your choice of  fixed oils such as fractionated coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil.)
  • Oil of Myrrh ~ Myrrh essential oil is already blended in the carrier oil; ready to use topically for massage, perfume or healing.
  • Myrrh Tincture (a/k/a myrrh extract) ~ Myrrh resin is “tinctured” in alcohol to extract the healing properties. Used in mouthwashes, soaps and facial products. Some dentists still use it for gum disorders. The tincture doesn’t mix well in water as it will leave a residue on the side of the glass. You can add a few drops into your mouthwash and shake well before using. Don’t’ exceed the recommended daily use of 1/2 teaspoon of tincture for internal use.
  • Encapsulated Myrrh gum tree resin. Powdered myrrh in a capsule for internal use. (Myrrh has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and wound healing properties. It may beneficial for Candida, thrush, fungal conditions, mouth and gum disorders, gingivitis, immune response, respiratory conditions, the digestive system, stimulating menstrual flow, tonsillitis, sore throat, asthma, and may help build strength, focus and clarity during times of trouble.)

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anorphanshope
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:55:20

    I purchased a bottle of MYRRH essential oil from an online company a while back, along with another of lavendar. The lavendar was wonderful, but when I turned the cap on the myrrh, and smelled, I almost fell over! A tiny droplet wound up on my hands and it took days to get rid of the odor. It wasn’t pleasant. It was strong and musky, but almost like a foul pet odor. My kids laughed and told me I stunk. Now I am wondering if this was normal, and I handled the fragrance wrong, or if it was a bad oil. Is there a way to enjoy MYRRH ?


    • preciousoils
      Aug 12, 2011 @ 12:38:30

      Today, the major commercial source of myrrh is Commiphora myrrha, was this the variety that you received? Myrrh is a favorite botanical of mine and I continue to find more ways to incorporate it into my daily life. I use a variety of myrrh’s in my blends; for “everyday” use I particularly like Commiphora myrrha from Ethiopia although there are a number of varieties available from many different countries in the Middle East.

      The essential oil (distilled from myrrh resin) is typically thick, pale yellow to orange-brown. It has a warm, balsamic, slightly sweet, spicy, and sharp aroma. Known as a “fixative” in perfumery myrrh adds depth to them. Myrrh essential oil has many of the same properties as the resin itself.

      I happen to enjoy the fragrance of myrrh and have about six or seven different varieties in my Apothecary cabinet. Not being able to smell your myrrh I really can’t comment on what you received. I see you ordered from me today. I’ll be sure to include a small sample of the myrrh that I am using. Blessings, Cynthia


  2. dieffenbachia
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 14:42:27

    I bought myrrh resin oil (a thick, viscous, sticky consistency) from an aromatherapy shop and tried to blend with jojoba oil but it just sat at the bottom of the bottle, even after vigorous mixing. Will it dissolve in the jojoba? What have I done wrong?!


    • preciousoils
      Jan 27, 2012 @ 02:47:31

      Myrrh essential oil is steam distilled from the myrrh resin and it often thick. Blending with jojoba oil can be difficult and as you have found may not always disperse in jojoba oil. A few things that I can suggest are as follows.

      Slightly warm the myrrh essential (the suggested way is to put the bottle between the palm of your hands and move until the essential oil is warmed). Then add to your base oil(s).

      Jojoba oil itself is very thick as it is actually a wax and not an oil. Perhaps blending a few drops of your myrrh essential oil into a small amount of other carrier oil and shake vigorously and then add that mixture to your jojoba oil.

      Hope this helps.


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