This special species of Myrrh is found only on the Yemeni island of Socotra, where it has been collected by traditional methods for hundreds of years. By law, it is only collected from naturally fallen trees, and so the amount exported each year is very limited, but it is quite special and worth seeking out.
It is botanically a Myrrh, and has some of the bitter and resinous notes of that family, but it is more well-rounded in scent, taste, and effect. It smells sweet, like burnt sugar, and also deep and musky in a very sexy way.
Medicinally, this Myrrh is used as an astringent, detoxifier, and digestive tonic, as with other Myrrhs, and it is drying and stabilizing in its effects, as we might expect.
Energetically, it is very Saturnine, creating an intense awareness of the outline of one’s body in space, not as a protective buffer as with some other resins, but as a centering, collecting awareness.
It also strongly activated the energy of the spine and a sense of the Middle Pillar within the self, and from there, it creates solidity, strength, and gravitas.
For some, it also manifested Lunar energies in how it interacted with the physical eyes and the third eye, flowing down from there into the heart and then the sexual and base chakras.
We think it would be a good support for the Middle Pillar meditation, as well as some kinds of Yoga, particularly with complex poses in which precise body awareness is needed.