Many ancient cultures referred to myrrh as the fragrance or sensuousness of the earth. The myrrh tree grows on rocky hillsides in barren and dry locations. The tree can grow up to 10m in height and has gnarled, sparsely covered branches. Each year a myrrh tree produces about 9lb/4kg of resin.
Myrrh resin is dark brown in colour, a bit like caramel, and when burnt it produces an earthy, almost pine-like scent. It's well known for its grounding and calming properties. It's great, for example, to burn if you feel like you need to get your feet solidly back on the ground or need to remain firmly grounded whilst providing healing for others. It's also believed to have sensuous properties, and was often burnt along with other substances, such as benzoin, aloe and sandalwood, as a way of enhancing this.
Along with frankincense, myrrh was commonly mentioned in the Bible and it was one of the gifts taken by the three kings to the baby Jesus. It is regarded as a feminine scent (in contrast, frankincense is regarded as masculine). The Egyptians were also wide users of myrrh, particularly for embalming and rituals of healing and passing.
Myrrh is burned as an incense to bring peace to a situation, understand personal sorrow, and expand spiritual awareness. Myrrh also has a practical use as in insect repellent.
You will usually find the Myrrh can be a mixture of a powdered form with some larger chunks. The larger pieces need to be broken or cut to make smaller pieces, this can be done by hand but a knife can also help. Inside of these, the Myrrh has been kept fresh.
To burn the resin as an incense you need to have a heat source. Most people use a charcoal disc that is designed specifically for this purpose. The disc should be placed inside a heat resistant container with earth inside if required to shield the strong heat. Once alight the resin can be spooned gently placed onto the charcoal and the resin becomes an incense and the delightful aromas are released. You can then add more resin as required. For information on how to burn resins on charcoal discs please click here
Amount: 1 oz / 28 grams
Country of Origin: New Mexico
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I have never used myrrh before, and only heard of it because of the Bible. Other than that I had no knowledge of it; I didn't even know it was an incense resin. Used it for the first time today, and I love it. It has a nice sweet woody fragrance - reminds me of being in front of an open log fire on a dark winter's night. Burns well using a charcoal disc in my cast iron incense burner (which I also got from Holisticshop). Very nice indeed!