Mo Yao, though classified as shrubs, can grow up to 10 Metres in height. The trunk exudes a natural oleoresin that hardens into what is classified as reddish brown Tears. Native collectors make incisions into the trees in order to increase the yield. It is sometimes known as Opopanax although that is a different species of Mo Yao (there are several species of Myrrh)
Mo Yao is thought to enhance spirituality. Aromatherapists use it as an aid in meditation or before healing. Its actions are characterized as the following: antimicrobial, antifungal, astringent and healing, tonic and stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anticatarrhal, expectorant, diaphoretic, vulnerary, locally antiseptic, immune stimulant, bitter, circulatory stimulant, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic.
BLENDS WELL WITH
Frankincense, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme.
Mo Yaohas been used for centuries as an ingredient in incense, perfumes, and for embalming and fumigations in Ancient Egypt. In folk tradition it was used for muscular pains and in rheumatic plasters. Called mo yao in China, it has been used since at least 600B.C. primarily as a wound herb and blood stimulant. Gerard said of Mo Yao the marvelous effects that it worked in new and green wounds were here too long to set down…’ Mo yao oil, distilled from the resin, has been used since ancient Greek times to heal wounds.
CAUTIONS:Mo Yao can be possibly toxic in high concentrations,