|Fit for a king, this Oriental medley combines warm myrrh with burning frankincense, soft amber, wood and musk.|
|Shanghai, Longhua Temple incense Photo by NosniboR80, CC License From:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Incenselonghua.jpg|
And so, I bring to you my understanding and a simplified explanation of myrrh; Myrrh is a combination of resin and aromatic natural oils which is harvested from a specific thorny tree species. Resin is sort of like sap, but where sap is sticky and is the sugars from the inner cells of a tree, resin is hard and glassy and from the outer cells of tree. (Resin acts as a plug to fill holes caused by damage or insects.) Resin can be heated like incense to release it's scent and/or is used to scent many modern day cosmetics and perfumes.
The distinct scent of Myrrh has been around for over 5000 years! Frankincense is another aromatic resin, and amber is fossilized tree resin!
|Myrrh is commonly harvested from the species Commiphora Myrrhae|
Whew! It is like I am back in school with all this new knowledge! And honestly? I think that my research is somewhat wasted. The most important thing is how this fragrance makes us FEEL...
...and for me, releasing this traditional scent in my home enhances the feeling of being warm and contented in our safe haven, regardless of how cold the night might be.