What is Myrrh? How Does It Help With Hair Health?

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Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

Myrrh is a reddish-brown colored dried sap extracted from Commiphora myrrh, a thorny tree called C. molmol. This tree is native to southwest Asia and northeastern Africa. Myrrh oil is extracted from this dried sap using the steam distillation process. Featuring a pleasant earthy scent, this amber to brown-colored oil has been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. With strong antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, myrrh oil offers many benefits for your health. Among the many myrrh oil uses is its ability to improve the health of your hair and scalp. So, read on to learn about the various ways in which this oil benefits your hair.

Myrrh Oil Benefits for Hair

Myrrh oil benefits your hair and scalp in many ways, such as:

  1. Moisturizes the Scalp

Myrrh oil has powerful hydrating properties and is very readily absorbed by your scalp and hair, enhancing its luster. It keeps your locks and scalp moisturized, eliminating dryness and irritation and making your hair look sleek and shiny.

  1. Improves Scalp Health

With strong antifungal and antimicrobial effects, it eliminates the growth of bacteria on your scalp, treating scalp infections and improving its overall health. It also protects your hair follicles from environmental damage and keeps your natural hair cycle going. Moreover, it clears clogged hair follicles, stimulating growth.

  1. Reduces Hair Fall

Myrrh acts as a natural astringent, preventing brittleness and flakiness that make your hair prone to breakage. It stimulates the production of the keratin protein to strengthen the hair from the roots. Moreover, myrrh oil deeply penetrates into the hair roots, giving your hair intense nourishment and reducing hair loss. 

  1. Helps Get Rid of Dandruff

Myrrh oil deeply moisturizes and nourishes your scalp to eliminate dandruff and associated flakiness and dryness. With its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps in soothing irritation and itching caused by dandruff.

  1. Regulates Sebum Production

Myrrh oil helps in regulating the production of sebum, making it a great product for oily and congested hair and scalp. Also, it promotes blood circulation, cleanses your scalp and tightens the follicles, helping repair damaged follicles and promoting hair regeneration. 

Myrrh Oil Uses

There are many ways in which you can use myrrh oil for hair. These include:

  1. Hair Mask for Hair Growth

To make this hair mask, whisk the yolk of an egg with one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of jojoba oil before adding a few drops of lemon juice. Then, add a few drops of myrrh oil to the mixture. Apply it to your scalp and leave it in the hair for 45 minutes, before washing it off with shampoo.

  1. Moisturizing Scalp

Mix two tablespoons of argan oil and golden jojoba oil each in a dish and slightly warm the mixture. Once it has been warmed, add 5-6 drops of myrrh oil to it. Massage this mixture into your scalp thoroughly. Leave it in for five minutes before rinsing completely with the help of a gentle shampoo. 

  1. Hair Mask for Treating Dandruff

Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of yogurt before adding three drops of myrrh oil and stirring thoroughly. Use your fingers to apply the mixture to your scalp gently. Let it sit for half an hour and then rinse using a gentle shampoo.  


In addition to possessing a pleasant, earthy aroma, myrrh oil is a great hair care remedy that offers many benefits for your scalp and hair health. It can help get rid of dandruff, treat scalp infections, heal damaged hair follicles, increase hair growth and reduce hair fall. You can add this oil to your hair care regimen in a variety of ways by creating hair masks and combining with other beneficial ingredients.  


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