Where does myrrh come from?

Myrrh is a natural substance that has been used by ancient civilizations for centuries due to its unique properties. It’s often associated with biblical stories, where it was one of the gifts brought to baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men. But where does myrrh come from? Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover this ancient mystery.

First stop: Its origin and history

Myrrh is produced from the gum resin of trees native to Africa and Arabia called Commiphora myrrha. These trees grow up to 5 meters tall, and their bark exudes a resinous sap known as ‘tears’ that hardens into amber nuggets upon exposure to air (imagine if humans had tears that turned into little nuggets every time they cried).

The use of myrrh dates back thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt(Ancient EGYPT – Yes! I’m talking about Mummies!) during which time it was valued for its fragrance, healing properties, as well as cosmetic prowess. In fact, there are texts showing Egyptians using pure myrrh oil in complex recipe blends designed specifically for embalming mummies (well everyone knows Egyptian culture was pretty vibrant but who knew even dead people had their oils mixed?)

Ancient Greece also took note and featured different species (Commiphora gileadensis) in “the father”of medicine – Hippocrates- practices.Infused with wine or vinegars at feasts around the city-state.The spice continued thanks primarily being utilized medicinally across European cultures through dark ages,

Unconventional uses: Never thought you could do THAT!

Aside from perfumery and medicinal purposes which its mainstream capabilities already aid with; it went non-conventional ways among different civilizations.Provided Below are some amusing examples:

1.Extraction Agent:

Mixed extract comprising of its oil, methanol along with other solvents turns out to remove & detect different types of flue gases thus serving as detection system for toxic fumes.


Myrrh sticks are a form of natural toothbrush made from the branches of Commiphora trees. After chewing on the stick and wetting it, it will turn into bristles that scrub and clean teeth while providing refreshing breath (that’s one way to get a fresh breath)

3.Cosmetic agent :

The Egyptians used myrrh in their cosmetics like lip balms, fragrances deodorants amongst various salves targeted towards bettering appearance.So ladies no need to waste your money on fancy labels; just waltz around town sniffin’ (I mean come’on amirite?)

Modern day Myrrh sourcing and trade

A vast majority now comes from Ethiopia particularly at North eastern part- Tigray – which yields 60%–70% globally.That said due to overdependence traditional uses,human-induced climate changes have begun threatening these species creating worries among traditional practitioners.The United Nations estimates suggest many more environmentally-friendly production programs if left untouched might be next signifying worsening problems caused by global warming.( Environment problems don’t leave anybody!)

Trading in Figures: You won’t believe how much!

According to tradingeconomics.com statistics on Imports By Country (2017), China is by far the largest importer contributing an average $4M per annum shipped between Yemen/Ethiopia.If you’re seeking legitimate ways living perfectly ethical practices,you can try scouring for sites without labelling ‘Too Good To Be True’

Interestingly Indian Subcontinent follows closely up at $3Million mark all this time having not been recorded producing the extract itself really trending upwards since late 2020s.Could they end up touching top spot? Only time will tells !

Perfection in the Product: It all boils down to cultivation ( Without Chemicals Ofcourse)

We understand that good things don’t come easy and cultivating myrrh isn’t an exception.In order for this gum resin to be produced,sustainable, well-informed decisions & intermediate steps have to occur like:

1.Soil Preparation :

The tree Commiphora prefers rocky soils that consist of shallow soil depth but with every necessary nutrient. Farmers prepare this site by ensuring they loosen up these rocks thus creating a stronger foundation (who thought rocks could make better soils?.. Well now ya know).

2.Harvesting Techniques :

Can only happen after two or three years from planting .Trees are slit using special knives so as not damage trunk which hence cause possible future loss.Accordingly yet another section ca already been retrieved leaving 3cm wide area for next extended phase.I mean talk about organized farming! Efficiency at its best ( I sure do appreciate anything efficient!)


In conclusion we’ve highlighted what we saw on our journey opening pandoras box into one of the world’s most sought after ancient gems.It Found methodologies of usage over period many times bringing stunning results making it very valuable way beyond current standard ways.Though now conserved through law changes,demand globally rising without adequate replant leads us towards detrimental path endangering both human and animal populations changing climate conditions caused around globe.That said doesn’t alter fact popular demand existent throughout different sectors showing growth signs.Efficient cycles based around appropriate soil preparation techniques alongslde modern day solutions implemented may just help ensure sustained harmonized supply keeping legacy preserved in coming generations.None-the-less whether you’re looking for age old healing prowess or simply desire fragrances created centuries ago- Myrrh should continue captivating hearts ,spirits & lives alike.

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