Myrrh Essential Oil is extracted from the resin species of Myrrh trees (Commiphora Spp). Myrrh resin is used extensively in Traditional, Naturopathic and Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as Aromatherapy.
In the regions where it grows, the humans have used Myrrh throughout recorded history. For example, Myrrh was one of the gifts brought by the Magi to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
As a treatment for acne, Myrrh is often combined with other ingredients in topical Naturopathic formulations. Many Naturopathic practitioners and their patients believe that Myrrh Essential Oil can help relieve symptoms of acne. Myrrh is purported to have antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.
Some research studies have found that Myrrh Essential Oil is toxic to cancer cells that are grown in the laboratory. However, there is very little clinical research about the efficacy of Myrrh Essential Oil as a treatment for acne. Laboratory testing indicates that Myrrh Essential Oil is weakly toxic to gram-positive bacteria, a group which includes the acne-causing P. acnes bacterium.
Myrrh Essential Oil can be produced from the resin of several species of Myrrh, the most common of which is Commiphora myrrha (molmol). Myrrh plants are native to regions of East Africa and the Middle East. Myrrh is in the same family as Frankincense (Burseraceae). Myrrh Essential Oil contains significant concentrations of biologically-active molecules, including Furanodiene, Furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, Lindestrene and beta-Elemene.
Composition and potential anticancer activities of essential oils obtained from myrrh and frankincense. Chen, et al. 2013.
Antimicrobial activity of essential oils and other plant extracts. Hammer, et al. 1999.
Essential oils of some Boswellia spp., Myrrh and Opopanax. Baser, et al. 2003.
Components, therapeutic value and uses of myrrh. Ashry, et al. 2003.
The Encyclopedia of essential oils: the complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health, and well being. Lawless. 2013
The in vitro Antimicrobial Activity and Chemometric Modelling of 59 Commercial Essential Oils against Pathogens of Dermatological Relevance. Orchard. 2017