Myrrh is red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the Myrrh tree, native to Somalia and the eastern parts of Ethiopia.
Uses in Witchcraft:Edit
- bless objects such as amulets and charms.
Burned as a incense, it purifies the area, lifts vibrations and creates peace, it is rarely burned alone and is usually used in conjunction with Frankincense.
Myrrh is currently used in some liniments, healing salves that may be applied to abrasions and other minor skin ailments. It is also used in the production of Fernet Branca.
Myrrh is a constituent of perfumes and incense, was highly prized in ancient times, and was often worth more than its weight in gold. In ancient Rome myrrh was priced at 5 times as much as frankincense, though the latter was far more popular. Myrrh was burned in ancient Roman funerals to mask the smell emanating from charring corpses.
Myrrh was one of the gifts of the Magi to the baby Jesus in the story told in the Bible (Gospel of Matthew). Myrrh was used as an embalming ointment and was used, up until about the 15th century, as a penitential incense in funerals and cremations. It is alluded to in the Christmas carol We Three Kings. The scent can also be used in mixtures of incense, to provide an earthy element to the overall smell, and as an additive to wine. It is also used in various perfumes, toothpastes, lotions, and other modern toiletries.