Every once in a while, I’ll find a little out-of-the-way herb shop and I can’t resist taking a peek inside. Okay, I’ll admit I’m a bit addicted to shops like these. Some people like to go antiquing; I like herb shops. The good news is….so does my husband. In these little shops, you can find some great buys and gain knowledge from the small-town folks that love to share information about plants and herbs. In a recent trip through a little town in Kansas, I found a great buy on myrrh resin. As I skipped away (okay, I strolled) back to my car, I began explaining to my spouse why I was so delighted with my find.
When you extract/infuse oil from the resin, the oil takes on the properties of the resin. Myrrh resin has been known for centuries for its healing properties. The resin comes from a tree called Commiphora myrrha, common in Africa and the Middle East. Ancient Egyptians used the oil for perfumes and incense. In biblical times, it was considered very valuable as well, and in ancient Greece, it was used for healing wounds. You have to ask yourself, how can such a valuable resin not be common today? Well, truthfully, it’s common knowledge in the Middle East and Asian cultures. It’s also finally becoming more popular here in the U.S. as well.
Listed Below are a few benefits to making infused myrrh oil:
- *Do Not Use if Pregnant
Infused oil is very easy to make, and takes less than 10 minutes of preparation. All you need is the following.
- Myrrh resin (I used 4 oz)
- Quart mason jar
- Carrier oil (I used olive oil)
- Paper towel
- Candle warmer
Step 1) Place the resin in the quart jar
Step 2) Fill the jar with the carrier oil and place the paper towel over the top and secure with the rim
Step 3) Place the jar on the warmer
Step 4) Keep the jar on the warmer for a minimum of 12 hours
Step 5) Place the jar in sunlight (I placed mine in the kitchen window that is facing east)
Step 6) After 6 weeks, the resin should be white: strain the oil and place in a dark jar with a lid
Step 7) Keep in a cool place (I store mine in my basement)
It’s that easy, friends! Hopefully, this article encourages you to make your own infused oils. They’re great to use directly, as aromatherapy, or to add to ointments and salves.