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By Nayana Morag
This is one of a series of articles that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.
Myrrh: (Commiphora Myrrha)
Physical and energetic description:
Myrrh is a shrub or small tree with sturdy knotted branches, trifoliate aromatic leaves and small white flowers. The trunk exudes an oleoresin, which hardens into red-brown tears. The trees are native to Northeast Africa and Southwest Asia, especially the desert regions of the Red Sea; the name is derived from the Arabic for ‘bitter’. Myrrh is the grand old statesman of essential oils, one of the first substances to be valued for its scent. The Ancient Egyptians valued it as a healing unguent, and burnt it to honour the dead; the Ancient Hebrews drank it with wine to prepare themselves for religious ceremonies; Jesus was offered wine laced with myrrh on the cross to diminish his suffering. Myrrh is like a desert wind, drying out dampness and invigorating those who are slow, lethargic or run down. Myrrh frees thoughts that are caught in a pattern of restlessness, brings peace of mind, helps close wounds physically and emotionally and creates a quiet place inside to recover from loss or rejection.
Fungal skin infections
Rain scald and mud-fever
Weighed down by responsibility
Over-concern for others
Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cardiac tonic, carminative, cicatrisant, expectorant, immunostimulant, sedative, stomachic, tonic, vulnerary
Safety: Non-irritant, non-sensitising, possibly toxic in high concentrations. Avoid in pregnancy.
Think 'Myrrh' in these conditions:
Restless animals who worry about others especially if they are prone to damp, oozing skin conditions or excess mucous. Those who are stoic about pain and past suffering, especially if they have breathing problems
About the author:
Nayana Morag is one of the world's foremost experts in the use of essential oils and aromatic extracts for animals. She has developed a system of animal wellness she calls Animal PsychAromatica, founded on the use of essential oils, understanding animal behaviour and the reduction of physical, environmental and psychological stress. Nayana also works with horses and owners to help them develop a positive, creative relationship based on trust and understanding. She teaches worldwide and also offers distance or on-site consultations, workshops and a professional standard Certificate in Animal PsychAromatica. Her book, Essential Oils for Animals, is now available.
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