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Myrrh is a plant and an herb.
- botanical information
- part used
- astrological correspondences
- magick correspondences and uses
- cautions and contraindications
Botanical name: Commiphora myrrha
Common name: myrrh
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
Part Used: Dried exudates (resin) from the bark.
Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs
Astrological planet: Moon
magickal correspondences and uses:
Perfumes: Myrrh perfume corresponds with sunday and is a good perfume for sundays.
Incense: Myrrh incense corresponds with saturday and is a good incense to burn on saturdays.
See incense sticks below.
Reversing love spells: To reverse any love spell, etch or write your name and the name of your bewitched lover on the side of a white votive candle. On any night of the Waning Moon, anoint the candle with myrrh oil, light the candle, and recite a chant or poem reversing the love spell. Burn the entire candle (do not leave lit candles unattended). Let the remaining wax cool and harden. Wrap the leftover wax in white cloth (preferably silk), tie with a white ribbon, and toss into a body of water (such as a river or the ocean). See safety warning under cautions and contraindications below.
Lunar spells: Myrrh (as herb or essential oil) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to lunar matters (compassion, dreams, family, fertility, gardening, healing, love, peace, promoting sleep, prophecy, prophetic (or psychic) dreams), psychic awareness, sleep, and spirituality). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on the Moon for a list of herbal substitutes for myrrh.
Using essential oils: Essential oils are just too concentrated and too expensve to use without dilution. If you purchase pure essential oil from a source such as Mountain Rose, you will want to place just a drop or two into a neutral carrier vegetable oil or jojoba. This conservation is typical of the use of essential oils in spells and other magick. It is wise to test a bit of any essential oil on your inner wrist before use. If any irritation occurs, do not use the essential oil. Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets and away from heat and light. See the article on essential oils for detailed information on how to mix and use essential oils.
cautions and contraindications:
Cautions and contraindications: Do not expose myrrh essential oil to mucous membranes (such as eyes, nose, or mouth). Avoid myrhh while pregnant.
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
See also: herbs.