Mirra (aka. Peruvian Myrrh)is a hard resin that varies from shades of manilla to dark brown. It appears that official botanical identification of this resin has not been set in stone. Normally sold as Styrax weberbaueri,botanical databases list S. pavonii as the accepted scientific name and S. weberbaueri as a synonym. That being said, we would not be surprised if the taxonomic origin of this resin complete changes in the future. Mirra bears absolutely no similarity to any of the other Styrax species we have experienced in the past. When smoldered on a hot charcoal, it shares similarity with the myrrhs of the Commiphora genus. The resin expands and blackens toward the end of the burn cycle and needs to be removed from the coal. The smoke produced by Mirra reminds us of Gum Arabic and may be used in the same way as other myrrhs, especially Opoponax and Omumbiri. Mirra is thought to be used in Amazonian magickal incense mixtures. Mirra is associated with the Water element and the Moon is thought to be its celestial body.
Styrax pavonii is known to inhabit Peru, but it may well exist in other parts of the Amazon.
Mirra, Myrrha, Peruvian Myrrh
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