Myrrh has a stimulant effect on the mucous membranes and is therefore a useful expectorant. It is still used in Chinese medicine to treat menstrual disturbances and complaints, haemorrhoids and sores. It is also indicated for dental problems and is an effective antiseptic gargle for throat infections. It has long been known as an appetite stimulant and is a valuable ingredient in beauty treatments for mature skin.
Myrrh has an emmenagogic action and therefore should not be used by pregnant women.
Neroli is an extremely expensive oil to produce because of the volume of flowers required, but it is very much in demand because of its wonderful aroma. This is frequently harnessed in massage oil because of its power to uplift, calm and relax. It is also believed to have qualities that are beneficial to the skin, and is widely used to prevent stretch marks and scarring, to reduce thread veins and as an aid for dry, sensitive skin. Neroli’s stress-relieving qualities indicate its use in a wide variety of complaints, raging from colitis and diarhoea to palpitations, insomnia and pre-menstrual tension.
Parsley has a diuretic and emmenagogic effect, which makes it useful for menstrual problems. It also has the power to reduce fever and has a soothing effect on colic, flatulence and indigestion. It is used for treating bladder and kidney problems, and is also indicated in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and sciatica, cystitis and urinary tract infections.
Oil of parsley is moderately toxic, therefore it is wise to use it in moderation and to avoid it completely in pregnancy. It should be used only under the supervision of a trained aromatherapist.