Myrrh is native to north-east Africa, south-west Asia and the Red Sea region. Like frankincense, myrrh is a resin and was used historically as an ingredient in medicine, incense, perfumes, and holy waters. It has astringent, analgesic, antioxidant and stimulant properties. It is used to treat chapped and cracked skin, eczema, wounds and wrinkles.

Benefits of Myrrh for Skin:

  • Antibacterial and antifungal. Myrrh possesses remarkable antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which makes it perfect for treating bacterial and fungal infections or other skin conditions resulting from harmful microorganisms. These include but are not limited to ringworm and athlete’s foot. Myrrh essential oil, in particular, cleanses the skin while promoting healing.
  • Pain relief. In addition to healing the skin, myrrh also provides pain relief and reduces swelling in the skin. That’s thanks, in part, to analgesic compounds like sesquiterpenes which block pain signals from reaching the brain. In essence, myrrh oil makes you feel less pain while skin irritations or wounds heal.
  • Antioxidant. Myrrh oil contains antioxidants which effectively fight against free radicals, volatile compounds in the body that result in premature aging and disease. By fighting these free radicals, myrrh helps you skin stay healthy and younger for longer.
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