Myrrh has been used as a perfume, incense and in wound dressings for thousands of years in the Middle East. In its native habitat of Yemen, Somalia and eastern Ethiopia the quality of Myrrh resin can vary drastically. Indigo Herbs Myrrh Incense Resin and Myrrh Tincture are of the very best quality that is possible without harming the trees that give us this precious natural product.
Historically this resin was considered to be as valuable as gold. This can be seen in the telling of the Christian nativity where it is presented to the baby Jesus by one of the Magi. Before the Christian period the Egyptians regarded Myrrh highly for its very special properties which included using a Myrrh solution for embalming important people before burial. As it is written on the tomb walls of Queen Hatshepsut, around the 15th century BC, an expedition was launched to the Lands of Punt to collect Myrrh trees where they grew in abundance. The expedition was a success and the trees were planted all around the temple of Amon who supposedly granted Queen Hatshepsut life and stability forever in the afterlife. All over the world Myrrh is mentioned for its various applications as a botanical ingredient. Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and Western Herbalism all found practical uses for this sacred resin in treating various ailments and maladies.
The Myrrh tree grows to about 3 meters in height, has light grey thin bark with branches that are covered in many pointed spines. The leaves are roughly serrated and oval in shape while the yellow/red flowers bloom in clusters on stalks. The brownish fruit is round but drops to a point.