- Several cultures believed that frankincense and myrrh possessed magical or spiritual energy.
- Practitioners of aromatherapy and herbalism continue to use these fragrant resins to treat disease and promote relaxation.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy reports that tree resins stimulate the flow of bile and improve digestion. It is recommended to chew a combination of frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and cardamom as a traditional treatment for stomachaches.
- If used in moderation and correct dosage (especially when ingesting it topically), myrrh oil is generally safe for adults. However, as with other essential oils, it is advised to use this oil with caution.
- Myrrh oil is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing moms, as it can induce menstruation and lead to premature labor.
- Children age six and below should also refrain from using this oil.
- Diabetics and other people suffering from health conditions should also consult their physician before using myrrh oil.
- To make sure that myrrh oil will not have any allergic effects when applied topically, do a skin patch test on your inner arm first.
Source: Live Strong, http://www.livestrong.com/article/136270-what-are-benefits-frankincense-myrrh/