Himba women rub their bodies and hair with ocre and myrrh . In the remote northwest Namibia the Himba have always harvested and processed Myrrh . A knowledge passed down from other desert peoples – the Egyptians, the Ethiopians, the Omanis and Yemenis – since ancient times. Commiphora comes from a drought-resistant tree : score the bark and the sap seeps out. This hardens to an aromatic resin : myrrh.