Myrrh Essential Oil - a Bible Healing Oil
Myrrh essential oil or myrrh tree resin (Commiphora myrrha) is the most frequently mentioned aromatic in the Bible. It is in the first book of the Bible regarding the caravan that took Joseph to Egypt. (Genesis 37:25)
Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;) Esther 2:12, KJV
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Myrrh is also mentioned in the last book of the Bible (as well as many, many times between), though not always translated specifically as “myrrh”. (Revelation 18:13)
Interestingly, myrrh was presented to our Lord at his birth, as well as his death.
It is commonly believed that myrrh was given to the Christ-child because mothers would use it to anoint the umbilical cord after delivery and to rub on stretch marks (even then stretch marks weren't appealing! *laughs*). Others believe that the wise men came long enough after the birth that it would not have been used for these purposes.
Whatever you believe about the birth of Christ, it has been historically documented that myrrh has been in use from the time of the pharaohs (and possibly before then) to treat skin conditions.
Myrrh was used as part of Esther's preparation process of becoming queen. Myrrh essential oil has been known to have the effect of promoting feelings of security and well-being, which may have aided her in regaining a sense of confidence after being taken from home.
Myrrh was, and still is, most often used as a fixative to prolong the life of fragrances in perfumes and ointments.