Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha)

Warm, ambry, aromatic, mossy, resinous.

Extraction Method

Myrrh is obtained through exudation (natural or via man-made incisions) from the bark of the myrrh tree or shrub. The thick, whitish liquid collected soon turns brown from oxidation. It is then steam-distilled in order to provide the essence.

Use

Myrrh’s warm, balsamy note is frequently used as a base note in oriental scents. Its distinctive aroma can evoke benzoin and frankincense, as well as moss. Serge Lutens built a fragrance around it in his Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido collection.

virtues

In addition to perfumery, essential oil of myrrh has long been used in medicinal preparations (as a salve for the mouth and skin). Myrrh is also used in the recipe for certain liqueurs, like Benedictine.

History

The history of myrrh is undoubtedly as old as that of frankincense. The Ancient Egyptians used it to make kyphi and for embalming. Myrrh was one of the presents that the Three Kings brought to the infant Jesus. The Greeks used it to flavor beverages.

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