Myrrh is certainly the most ancient of all resin incenses, already used by the Egyptians four thousand years ago in their famous mixture Kyphi, as well as for embalming. The Greeks used it in abundance and even today perfume their wine with it.
It is often mentioned in The Bible and was one of the offerings of the Three Magi to the infant Jesus.
Myrrh is produced by the Commiphora Myrrha, cousin of the Commiphora Mukul, from which Gugul is obtained. Despite the the same parentage, these two resins are quite different.
The resin runs naturally from swellings in the trunk and hardens when it comes into contact with the air.
The medicinal properties of myrrh are foremost connected to its power as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Even today, one can find it in preparations used to sooth affected mucous tissue, in toothpastes, mouthwashes, etc.
The origin of the word Myrrh is the Arabic "murr", which expresses bitterness, and is in effect one of the characteristics of its perfume, with hints of lemon and rosemary and light notes of caramel, apricot and dried fruits.
Burned on charcoal, its fragrance produces an ambiance of soothing meditation while at the same time purifying the air.
Origin : India