Commiphora myrrh (Myrrh) is native to northeast Africa. It can also be found in Saudi Arabia, India, Iran, and Thailand. Myrrh has been used in perfumes since prebiblical times. The ancient Egyptians used this herb to embalm their dead.
Myrrh has medicinal properties such as antiseptic, astringent, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, and wound healer.
- Antiseptic ( substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms)
- Astringent (causes the contraction of body tissues, typically of the skin)
- Anti-parasitic (used or intended to kill, repel, or remove parasites)
- Anti-inflammatory (used to reduce inflammation)
Myrrh is a great remedy for mouth and throat problems, such as canker sores and gingivitis. Today, it is commonly used in mouthwash and toothpaste. Being that myrrh is an analgesic and antiseptic, it can be used for burns and wounds. In Asia, myrrh is used for stomach and abdominal pain as well as for arthritis and circulation issues.
Research has shown that myrrh is beneficial for treating parasitic infections such as liver flukes. The parasites which cause liver fluke can also affect the bile ducts and gallbladder. The gum resin of myrrh has been shown to have thyroid-stimulating activity. Gum resin is a product consisting essentially of a mixture of gum and resin usually obtained by making an incision in a plant and allowing the juice which exudes to solidify.
Balick, M. (2014). An encyclopedia of useful herbs: Commiphora myrrh. In Rodale’s 21st-century herbal: A practical guide for healthy living using nature’s most powerful plants (p. 146). New York, NY: Rodale Inc.
Chevallier, A. (2016). Key medicinal plants. In Encyclopedia of herbal medicine (3rd ed., p. 85). New York, NY: DK Publishing.
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