EO Life Hack: Opening a Bottle of Myrrh

Have you noticed how difficult it is to open up a bottle of myrrh essential oil that hasn’t been used for a while? Because myrrh is a resin-based essential oil, it can get sticky as it oxidizes. When myrrh essential oil gets on the inside of the bottle cap, it can actually seal your bottle shut. We found a great way to prevent this from happening—coat the inside of the lid with fractionated coconut oil! To do this, just fill the cap with fractionated coconut oil so it covers everywhere inside. Then dump out the FCO, and screw the lid back on the bottle. No more sticky lid!

Extra Tip: If your lid is already sealed onto the bottle, you may want to have an extra lid on hand just in case you end up ruining your lid trying to get it off. Once you have the old cap and orifice reducer off, screw the new cap (with the new orifice reducer) on, and then remove the lid and coat it with fractionated coconut oil to prevent it from sticking again.

9 thoughts on “EO Life Hack: Opening a Bottle of Myrrh

    • Hi Joel,

      We prefer to use fractionated coconut oil because of its extremely long (some say indefinite) shelf life. The other oils would work to keep the lid from sticking but they have a much shorter shelf life and could spoil. Almond oil has an approximate shelf life of 1 year and olive oil about 2 years.

  1. This article was helpful but what I am looking for is, can you turn it back into a liquid once it goes back to a solid form?

    • Hi Suzanne,

      It depends on how solid the oil has gotten, but you should be able to very carefully warm the oil in water. Be careful to not let water into the bottle or let the oil get hot. If need be, you can also thin the oil once it is warm by stirring in a small amount of warm carrier oil.

  2. So what if your Myrrh oil is like solid …I have rub it in my hands but it still somewhat thick is is still good to use..?

    • Nancy, it should still be fine to use. As you mentioned, you may need to warm it up so it becomes liquid enough to use. You can also place the bottle in a mug filled with hot tap water to gently warm the oil.

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