Gum myrrh

A brief description

Geographic and botanical origin

Myrrh is the gum of the tree species Commiphora myrrha. The raw material myrrh origins in the region around the Gulf of Aden: Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Myrrh is called “Molmol” in the Somali language. Hence, the tree species from which it is harvested is sometimes also called Commiphora molmol. 

Harvest and Processing

Myrrh is harvested trough an incision into the trees. The gum exudes from the tapped cut and is collected by farmers. The myrrh gum is cleaned and the sorted by color, size, grade of purity and origin. The main quality marker of myrrh is its odor. 

Sensory and phytochemical composition

The raw material Myrrh consists of small, bright to dark, brownish to red gum lumps. These lumps have a pleasant smell. 

Myrrh is composed to a big part of water soluble gum. The raw material is valued for the small amounts of essential oils. These can be extracted by steam distillation. 

Traditional and industrial applications

Myrrh is most commonly used in the creation of fragrances because of its variety in essential oils. These oils are also the reason for the use of myrrh in traditional medicine and for religious rites in many cultures. The effect of the essential oils on the human body is slowly shifting into the scientific focus, where it is examined and studied under laboratory conditions.

Willy Benecke and the raw material myrrh

Willy Benecke has a long standing history as supplier of the raw material Myrrh. We purchase our Myrrh from different suppliers, to ensure that the demands of our customers are met, to ensure highest quality at all times and to guarantee short delivery times.

We offer Myrrh for the following industrial applications:

  • As raw material in the fragrance  industry
  • As incent