Myrrh is a resin obtained from one of several species of tree in the Commiphora genus including Commiphora myrrha, Commiphora molmol, and Commiphora gileadensis among others.
The resin is gathered when it oozes from cuts in the bark of the tree and it hardens into a waxy substance that can be used as a fragrant oil or incense. Myrrh is used in fumigation rituals and anointing oils for many different religions.
Myrrh, a versatile resin, finds application in both daily life and magickal practices, along with its use in aromatherapy.
In everyday use, myrrh serves as incense, perfume, and a flavoring agent in culinary creations.
In the realm of magick, it holds significance for purification, protection, and spirituality, frequently used in rituals and spells to cleanse spaces, enhance spiritual connections, and provide a shield.
In aromatherapy, myrrh essential oil is prized for its calming and grounding qualities, aiding in stress reduction, relaxation, and emotional well-being when diffused or applied topically.
Additionally, myrrh boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage, being a part of religious ceremonies and rituals across various traditions.
- Myrrh in Magic and Religion
- Myrrh in Aromatherapy
- Ways to Use Myrrh in Your Daily Practice
- Create a Magickal Full Moon Ritual
- Making Friends with Magickal Myrrh
Myrrh in Magic and Religion
Also, for funerary rites, connection with the dead and the underworld.
Myrrh incense resonates with the energy of Mars.
Myrrh in Aromatherapy
Myrrh oil and incense is used in aromatherapy for respiratory and digestive health and to encourage a sense of tranquility and serenity.
The fragrance helps cope with loss and helps heal the body, mind, and spirit after devastation.
Ways to Use Myrrh in Your Daily Practice
Myrrh can be used in three forms: as resin, incense, and oil. Resin is the raw form of myrrh and, in many traditions, has a powerful spiritual significance. When this resin is burned it releases an earthy and rich aroma that is believed to promote connection to the spirit and ground the energy of a space. In this form, myrrh is used in sacred ceremonies to protect and purify.
As incense, myrrh is widely used in various spiritual practices. Its aromatic, potent smoke is said to purify and cleanse, making it perfect for ritual work and space clearing. Finally, myrrh can be used as an essential oil by, for example, applying it directly to the skin (in diluted form) or diffusing it in the air during prayer or meditation. Myrrh essential oil can also be used to create aura sprays and anointing oils – it’s warm and grounding fragrance is a great way to enhance spiritual practice and promote focus.
It’s easier to make myrrh a part of your daily life than you may think! Below you’ll find plenty of inspiration to get started with this most precious of resins.
As Part of Your Yule Celebrations
Myrrh is closely associated with the winter solstice and Yule celebrations. Have a go at making your own seasonal incense by combining myrrh with frankincense in equal parts.
Burn this mixture on a charcoal disc or place it in the fire along with your Yule log to experience the spiritual scents of this special season.
Honor Your Inner Goddess
Myrrh was one of the most expensive and luxurious substances of the ancient world. Try adding a couple of drops of myrrh essential oils to your regular lotion to help connect with your inner goddess, or to anoint yourself with before spellwork.
Burning this resin as incense or in a diffuser can also be part of honoring the goddess Isis.
Skin Rejuvenation and Healing
Myrrh has been prized since ancient times for its anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and restorative qualities. Try mixing it with a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba, or grapeseed oil, and apply it to the skin or minor wounds.
Myrrh has great anti-aging properties, too, and will leave your skin feeling supple and nourished.
Burning myrrh in a diffuser is a wonderful way to enhance your meditation practice, helping to calm the mind and bring clarity. This will allow you to connect with your inner self and get the most from your meditation.
It can be hard to concentrate, especially if you are new to meditation, and myrrh can be an effective way to bring the focus needed. Add a drop of cedarwood, too, to your diffuser, for some grounding energy, if you wish.
In a Relaxing Bath
There are not many things more relaxing than getting into a deep, warm bath at the end of a long day.
Take things to the next level by adding a few drops of myrrh essential oil to the bath water to enjoy the beautiful fragrance and myrrh’s cleansing, grounding energy. Now just lay back, and bliss out!
As Part of Dreamwork
If you’re interested in practicing dreamwork – or perhaps do so already – myrrh in its resin form is a great aid to your endeavors.
Simply place a piece of myrrh resin on your bedside table or underneath your pillow to promote dreams that are both healing and insightful. Don’t forget to record your dream experiences in your journal as soon as you awake.
Use as Part of Chakra Work
Myrrh is a great companion for chakra work and, as an essential oil (sufficiently diluted), can be applied to root, sacral, and crown chakras for best effect.
On the root chakra, it works to clear any blockages present, allowing for a greater sense of stability and security. It grounds excessive energy and brings overall balance.
Used on the sacral chakra, myrrh can promote emotional healing, and help alleviate feelings of anxiety and fear. It also supports an enhanced connection between mind and body.
Finally, applying myrrh to the crown chakra will help release your inner creativity and increase intuition – or allow you to better listen to it – and boost clarity and the ability to make decisions.
Create a Magickal Full Moon Ritual
The full moon is a wonderful time to enjoy a ritual that involves myrrh. This phase of the moon is a perfect one for manifesting, expressing gratitude to the Universe, connecting with your inner self, or bringing about release.
The powerful lunar energy of this part of the cycle is a dynamic one: allow the moon’s gentle light to supercharge your intentions and bring peace.
Here’s how to make some magickal myrrh incense to use as part of your full moon ritual.
The things you’ll need:
- 2 parts myrrh
- 2 parts juniper berries
- 1 part rose petals
- 1 part sandalwood
- 1 part mugwort
- 1 part moonflower
- ½ part marigold
Create your incense like this:
- Carefully add each ingredient to a bowl, one at a time, using a mortar and pestle to crush leaves and blossoms first as necessary.
- As you mix the ingredients together, say your intent out loud.
- If you wish, chant an incantation or some words you’ve written to support your intention and call on the moon to help you.
- Store the incense in a jar with a tightly fitting lid, and add a label with the date you created it and your intention. It should remain fresh and charged for around three months.
- On a full moon, burn your magickal myrrh incense by burning it on a charcoal disc – don’t forget to first place this disc in a fire-resistant plate or bowl.
Making Friends with Magickal Myrrh
Myrrh has been prized since ancient times for its warm, rich, grounding fragrance and ability to deepen spiritual connection.
You may not have considered using myrrh in your daily practice before, but there are actually many ways to bring this most magickal of oils into your life. From helping you focus during meditation to supercharging your full moon ritual, there are plenty of reasons to make friends with myrrh.