Namibian Myrrh

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Essential Oil

Namibian Myrrh

Botanical Name : Commiphora Wildii

Country of Origin : Namibia

Olfactive Family : Ambery

Harvester : IRDNC

Harvested Part : Resin

Main application : Diffusion

Namibian Myrrh (Commiphora Wildii) is a raw material cultivated by the Himba tribe in the Kunene region, in the northwest of Namibia. It is harvested in the form of resin that oozes directly from the tree and collected by hand by the women of the community. Namibian Myrrh Essential Oil  is then obtained by steam distillation of this resin to release a turpentine-like fragrance, with warm, balsamic notes, sometimes aniseed, sometimes tenacious, reminiscent of oak barrels.

The essential oil of Namibian Myrrh is an excellent natural regenerant, used in this sense for centuries by the women of the Himba tribe who apply it, mixed with powdered hematite and the milk of their cattle to protect and hydrate their skin.



Heir to an age-old secret, the myrrh of the Namibian Himba tribes is distinguished by its great richness. The fragrance begins with a sharp and floral note, accompanied by a discreet but essential chlorine effect. Then, the characteristic note of licorice stick becomes resinous, fine and green, at the crossroads between copal and benzoin. As a true base material with an undeniable fixing role, the fragrance, ancient and oriental, gains in amplitude by adorning itself with mineral and woody facets, but also with a distant vanilla sweetness.


Notes :


Associations :

To give staying power to an Oriental accord
Binding woody notes Black Oud / Sugi / Vetiver

Creations :

• “Imperial Myrrh” – Armani Privé
• “Silver Wood” – Christian Dior


main emotions

Of a very different composition from the classic Myrrh, Namibian Myrrh Essential Oil is rich in alpha and beta Pinene, monoterpenes which allow to dissolve fears and transmit strength, courage and confidence to face the hazards of life and better perceive who we are.

Courage, Confidence, Strength


• Lack of confidence
• Stress, Fear
• Public speaking
• Communication

Tips for use

• 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser
• a few drops on a ceramic pebble to place in a closet or a living room
• on a wet cloth, let it infuse, inhale deeply several times a day

For more details and to know if an oil is suitable for you and the best use for you, do not hesitate to contact an olfactotherapist.



• Expertorant-Mucolytic +++
• Antibacterial +++
• Antifungal +++
• Anti-inflammatory +++
• Gastroprotective ++
• Anti-viral (herpes) +
• Regenerating ++

Tips for use

Mouthwash – to be added to your usual mouthwash, it prevents gingivitis, aphthosis and stomatitis.

For this purpose :
• 1 drop of essential oil of Myrrh of Namibia
• 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
• 1 glass of warm water

Mix it, put it in your mouth, gargle and spit it out after a few seconds.

For your safety and that of your loved ones, consider consulting a professional aromatherapist.

In food

FEMA Number : 2766

*The FEMA number is an international food safety number. It is essential to be able to use them in food, without it, you are not allowed to consume them. Le Sourceur rejects any responsibility in case of non respect of these rules. Essential oils are also very concentrated, a single drop is often enough to flavor your cold dishes, when we consider a maximum of 2 to 3 drops on a hot dish. Be careful with their use in cooking, too much of them can be dangerous or even fatal. If in doubt, contact a specialist.


We recommend the essential oil of Namibian Myrrh for a small perfumed touch, go with parsimony at the risk of tasting your dish several times before tasting it.

Do you have any recipe ideas for us ? Make your own tests and send us yours.

Product Information

General Characteristics

Type of cultivation : Wild harvesting
Harvest : October – January
Extraction method : Steam distillation
Production capacity : 5 – 10kg per year
Type of product : 100% pure essential oil

Organoleptic characteristics

• Light yellow oil
• Warm and woody scent
• Appearance Liquid

Main Components

• Majority monoterpenes (alpha-pinene, limonene, sabinene)
• Sesquiterpenes

Physical characteristics

• Density : 0.812-0852
• Flash point : 18°C


• Limonene

Product references

CAS registry Number : 1082996-27-7
Batch Number : MYO/NAM/IRD/0622
Shelf Life : end of 2025


Essential oils are sensitive to UV radiation and to the progressive evaporation of their constituents. It is therefore imperative to keep them in a colored glass or aluminum bottle with a tight seal at a temperature between 5°C and 40°C.

WARNING : Before any use of essential oils read imperatively the precautions for use.

Highly flammable liquid and vapour / May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways / May cause respiratory irritation / May cause drowsiness or dizziness / Very toxic to aquatic life / Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects / Avoid release to the environment / Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection / Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces – No smoking / If swallowed : Immediately call a Poison center or doctor/physician / IF INHALED : Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing / IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower Keep out of reach of children / Do not use on pregnant or nursing women and children under 6 years of age.

The information provided on the Le Sourceur site is intended to be informative. They are derived from laboratory research and books published by health professionals but can in no way replace a doctor’s prescription. Le Sourceur declines all responsibility for self-medication.


On the internet

The Hardis – Meeting Stéphane Piquart
The trek of the essentials
Wikiphyto – Alphapinene


Sur la Piste des senteurs : “Namibia, the Myrrh of the Himbas” – Production : Jangal Films. Trailer of the episode : here


KE-NAKO (il est temps) Draughtsman : JEF – Author : Stéphane Piquart – Editions : Expression Cosmétique 2010
Journal d’un anosmique, « Namibie » by Stéphane Piquart & Albin de La Simone
L’aromathérapie exactement, by Pierre Franchomme and Daniel Pénoël, 2001


Kathy Vandevelde for her expertise in olfactotherapy
Adrien Blanc for his expertise in perfume
Aurore Jouan for her expertise in olfactotherapy

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