Myrrh-Biblical Reference and Modern Day Application

  Myrrh - First and Last mentioned in the Bible first and last mentioned in the Bible, parallels Jesus Christ's life. It was brought at the beginning of his life as a gift and was offered to Him as he hung on the cross. This oil is first a resin harvested from a tree. The tree is pierced and drops of resin like tears "bleed" out with a redish color. This also parallels Christ's death.

In the middle east, brides, as they prepare for marriage, wear a sachet of these resin tears on their chest as they sleep. This is for purification purposes.

Plant Origin:

Somalia

Traditional Uses:

Middle Eastern people have used myrrh for skin conditions, such as cracked or chapped skin and wrinkles. This essential oil has commonly been used in oral hygiene products.

Application:

Apply topically on location or use in massage oil. It also may be used as incense as many believe it promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting.

Note: This oil is high with sesquiterpenes, 

USES FOR MYRRH ESSENTIAL OIL

1. To help make skin blemishes disappear, apply one drop.

2. For an excellent mouthwash, mix 2-5 drops with water. Swish and rinse.

3. For a warm, soothing aroma, drop 2-3 drops on a dried log of wood. Allow time to soak into wood, before placing in the fireplace.

Biblical References: Ge 37:25, Ge 43:11, Ge 43:11, Ex 30:23, Es 2:12, Ps 45:8, Pr 7:17, So 1:13, So 3:6, So 4:6, So 4:14, So 5:1, So 5:5, So 5:13, Mt 2:11, Mr 15:23, Joh 19:39

Hebrew Word: Strongs #4753 mowr {more}

Meaning: 1) myrrh 1a) an Arabian gum from the bark of a tree, used in sacred oil and in perfume.

QUEEN ESTHER & OIL OF MYRRH: In Esther’s era any Queen-to-be had to undergo a year of preparations prior to coronation [Est. 2:3, 6-13]. Esther underwent “a six-month treatment with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and other aloes”. One translation states it as “…with olive oil and myrrh…” In ancient times, the average woman’s perfume was her anointing oil. Spiritual Significance? Queen Esther bathed in this oil for six months before her presentation to the King (purification, dying to self, and preparation for the KING).

FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH: The “Magi from the east” honored the child Messiah with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh [Mat. 2:11]. The gospels recount that before his death, Jesus was offered myrrh mixed with wine, which he refused, and that after his death his body was treated with “a mixture of myrrh and aloes.” Frankincense comes to be associated with Christ’s role as our intercessor (the bowl of incense in Rev 5:8 is frankincense, representing the prayers of the saints), myrrh with his suffering and death. In Song of Songs the writer refers to the bridegroom (Jesus) as “who is He coming in a pillar of smoke smelling of myrrh & frankincense?” Many have suggested that the gold, frankincense, and myrrh represent the three roles of Jesus respectively: King, Priest and Prophet.

(commiphora myrrha) has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that has direct effects on the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala, the seat of our emotions. As an exotic Biblical spice, it was used in purification & beautification rites, in the formula for the Holy Anointing Oil, and in burial spices. Queen Esther was bathed in it for six months and with other aloes and perfumes for another six months before her presentation to the king. Bitter to the taste but sweet to the smell, myrrh in the spiritual sense speaks of dying to self to become a "sweet smelling savor" to the Lord. Song of Solomon. 1:13 "A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me."