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Building your Apothecary with Myrrh

Proverbs 7:17

 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Let’s start with the history of Myrrh. Myrrh shows up in Biblical times. It is one of the gifts given by the Magi to the Infant Jesus. In the new testament Myrhh is used as incense to celebrate through out the Christian Liturgical year. It has been used as a perfume incense and a medicine. Myrrh is a resin that comes from the Commiphora Myrrha tree. You can find this tree growing in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Oman, Yemen, Entrea, and Somalia.


Myrrh is quite verstaile! It can be used in oral care, such as mouthwash, gargles, and toothpaste. You can also use it for toothaches. You can use it in salves for cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Myrrh has been used medicinally for thousands of years! It has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

Ayurvedic Medicine bases its priniciples that people are made up of three different doshas, or energies. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. To find out your Doshic type follow the link.

What’s your Dosha type?

Myrrh is an anti-fungal antiviral and antimicrobial. It kills bacteria, fungus and other dangerous microbes. To use this oil to protect from germs and bacteria, combine 2 drops of Myrhh along with coconut oils to skin abrasions such as wounds, cuts, and athlete’s foot will help them from getting infected.  You can use Myrhh for fighting all kinds of infections from, cough to diarrhea, cold to even measles and pox.

It can also boost your  immunity and help to battle cancer. To fight free radicals like above mix 2 drops of essential oil with coconut oil and rub on the affected parts of your body. You can also diffuse this oil for a pick me up.

Myrrh also aids with respiratory problems like cold, asthma, sinus infections, cough, sore throat, congestion, bronchitis and problems breathing.  Add 2 drops of Myrrh to steaming hot water, and inhale to relieve chest congestion and phlegm.

My grandmother has rheumatoid arthritis, I have given her Myrrh to lessen the pain. With its anti-inflammatory properties the swelling and pain have reduced and she has gotten some mobility back in her arthritic fingers.

I have used it for my daughters eczema. She had it really bad on her hands and in 1 day of using Myrrh diluted with almond oil lavender, tea tree and frankincense oil her hands were almost completely cleared from her eczema.

Recipe for Myrrh Oral Care Tincture


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The magical properties of Myrrh and Chinese Medicine

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Essential Oil of the Month: Orange

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Essential Oil of the Month: Orange

It is April! And nothing says spring like fresh citrus. So to kick off our blog we are going to feature Orange essential oil and a free giveaway!

Orange essential has many uses! I love to diffuse it in my home, clean with it, and use it for medicinal purposes! When my children aren’t feeling too well, emotionally or physically, I will diffuse some orange essential oil in the room and rub some on the bottom of their feet.

Orange EO is an antidepressant, Think about when you peel an orange. There is just something about smelling a freshly peeled orange that makes you want to sing! It is often used to bring someone out of a depressed mood. It helps you to be more alert and relaxed, helping to calm the nervous system and bring about a sense of happiness.

Orange EO is anti-inflammatory, whether internal or external.

There have also been studies where the compounds in orange which confirm its cancer fighting capabilities. a study in 1982 found a compound Orange EO, D-limonene, found that there was a 72% reduction in breast cancer cells. A 2009 study in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition and food research found the phytochemicals in an orange peel prevented growth of human lung cancer cells.

It is also anti-fungal and Immune Boosting, so the next time the kids get sick, make sure to diffuse this in their bedrooms at night to give their immune system a boost!

I have found the most yummy soap recipe that I want to try from here is the link!

Soapqueen Creamy Orange Cold Process Soap

This soap looks amazing! I can not wait to try it and make it! I will update with a post when I do, Think of all the amazing health benefits of using this soap and it looks so creamy and soft!

Speaking of soap and skin, Orange EO is amazing for your skin! It help with acne, dry damaged and aging skin. It also helps kill bacteria, it boosts collagen, decreases wrinkles and it helps protect against the sun’s horrible UV rays!

Use a drop of orange oil with aloe vera to help get rid of skin blemishes and wrinkles. Be sure to avoid the eyes!

Orange EO can also have physical reactions in the body as well, such as the lowering of the pulse rate. blood pressure, and protecting your heart.  A 2009 study done in Japan found that using Orange EO could improve the cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

I mentioned cleaning with it! I do love to mix 10 drops orange essential oil with 10 drops of lemon essential oil into a spray bottle diluted with water and give the whole house a magical cleaning! Talk about fresh and happy! The house feels brand new when I am done.

And if all that doesn’t sell you, it even gets rid of Ants! Organic farmers frequently use Orange Essential Oil to get rid of Ants. This could be a great benefit for your mental health if you have ants in the house!

Don’t forget to sign up for our first ever giveaway!

Essential Oil of the Month Orange Giveaway


Next up on White Cottage Apothecary;

10 Weeks of Biblical Oils

Week 1 Biblical Oils: Myrrh