Myrrh essential oil has been used for centuries. In fact, it is one of the first oils mentioned in the Bible and was used extensively for spiritual purposes as well as cleansing and beautifying. The mild, slightly sweet, earthy fragrance of myrrh lends itself well to combining with other essential oils. Check out these 6 uses for myrrh essential oil.

Can’t get the cap off?

Myrrh has a larger molecule size and can be a bit sticky. If your cap gets stuck, simply warm the bottle gently by holding in your hand or placing in your pocket for a few minutes. You can prevent the cap from sticking in the future by swirling a dab of carrier oil in the threads of the lid. 

And while we’re on the subject, Do Not —I repeat Do Not— use myrrh directly on your hair. Because it is super thick and sticky, it does not rinse out easily. Not that I know from experience. . .

Boost your Moisturizer

Myrrh is a driving oil that actually helps other oils penetrate the epidermis quickly and more efficiently.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a practice of swishing oil, such as coconut or sesame, in your mouth. It helps to remove bacteria, prevent gingivitis, reduce plaque, and  and promote overall good dental hygiene. Myrrh is also soothing and therapeutic to gums and teeth and combats bad breath.

Add one drop of myrrh to 1 tablespoon of coconut, sesame, or olive oil. Swish in your mouth without swallowing for 15-20 minutes. It’s okay if you can’t swish for that long. You can start with 5 minutes and build up each time. For ideal results, oil pulling 2-3 times a week is sufficient; for chronic issues, you may want to increase the frequency.

Use as an Extender

Myrrh is used commercially in a lot of perfumes because it is an extender that helps the scent last longer. Adding myrrh to your favorite essential oil perfume will add a soothing bottom note and extend the aroma. Check out this recipe for Proverbs Perfume with myrrh essential oil. 

Catch some zzzzzz’s

Try applying myrrh to your temples and/or bottoms of your feet, or a few drops in the diffuser to promote a restful night’s sleep. 

Foot Massage Anyone?

Add some myrrh to a carrier oil or lotion and massage tired, sore feet. It not only soothes those achy tootsies, it can actually help with —ahem— their aroma. Don’t forget your shoes! Freshen them with a homemade foot powder.

Stinky Feet Powder

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops myrrh essential oil 
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

Combine ingredients and store in mason jar. Rub on feet and put on socks before bedtime, and sprinkle generously into shoes.

Remove Under Eye Circles

Myrrh is very mild and soothing to strained eyes. In the palm of your hand, mix 1 drop of myrrh essential oil with a few drops of carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil. Using your index finger, apply around eyes. Be careful not to apply any essential oil too closely to the eye. Just apply to the bony socket underneath and along the brow line.

What are your favorite uses for myrrh essential oil?

Check out ways to use another uncommon oil: Palo Santo.

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