Myrrh, in the scientific nomenclature system, is called Commiphora Myrrha and is native to Egypt. Myrrh is one of the most popular scents in the world and has been used for centuries for helping repair damaged skin. The skin benefits of Myrrh essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anticatarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, antiseptic, antioxidant, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory, and an antispasmodic substance.
The essential oil of myrrh is extracted from resin and contains between 70-80% sesquiterpenes. The main components of this essential oil are alpha-pinene, cadinene, limonene, cuminaldehyde, eugenol, cresol, heerabolene, acetic acid, formic acid, and sesquiterpenes.
What does all this mean for healthy skin / hair?
Myrrh essential oil is high in antioxidants to fight free radicals that can damage or destroy healthy cells. It can also destroy bacteria that can lead to acne or fungas that can cause red itchy skin. As an added benefit, it can also strengthen the hair roots helping to prevent hair loss.