Myrrh: The Ancient Resin with Modern Benefits

Commiphora Myrrha

The gifts of the three wise men to baby Jesus were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In the Bible, Moses was said to have used oil containing myrrh to anoint priests. At least 2000 years before the dawn of the Christian era myrrh was prized for its aromatic, unguent, and healing properties.

Myrrh gets its name from Myrrha the daughter of Thesis, king of Syria. A Syrian and Greek legend says that Myrrha was forced by Aphrodite to commit incest with her father. To save Myrrh from being killed by her father the gods transformed her into a myrrh tree. Myrrha’s tears are the gum resin that flows from the tree, these drops have the medicinal and aromatic properties we look for.

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In the Greek culture when soldiers went to battle it was an essential part of their combat gear because of myrrh�s extremely high antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It was used to clean wounds and to prevent infection. It was also used to prevent the spread of gangrene in already infected parts of the body.

Myrrh is effective as an antibiotic and disinfectant in that it causes the body to increase white blood corpuscles up to fourfold their regular number. It is an excellent antiseptic in the mouth for sore throat, gum sores, toothache pain, denture-irritated gums, canker sores, and pyorrhea. Myrrh is good for bathing all open wounds, sores, hemorrhoids, and abscesses.

Myrrh’s antiseptic, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties make it excellent for uterus and vaginal infections.

Myrrh relieves menstrual pains; it is useful for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, and uterine tumors, as it purges stagnant blood out of the uterus.

Taken internally, myrrh cleans the colon and brings order to the digestive system. It is a stimulating tonic that promotes peristalsis, stimulates gastric secretions, and relaxes the smooth muscles. Myrrh destroys putrefaction in the intestines and prevents blood absorption of toxins. Myrrh is a blood mover; it increases circulation, heart rate, and power.

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It is used in aromatherapy for its healing, purifying, and uplifting characteristics. Myrrh oil is extracted from the trunk, stem, and branches by steam distillation. Myrrh oil blends well with juniper, cypress, lavender, frankincense, and tea tree, and vetiver oil. Some of myrrh oil’s healing characteristics are that it is an antiseptic, deodorant, stimulant, fungicidal agent, and tonic.

Uses:

Antibiotic, Antiseptic, arthritis, Asthma, boils, breath Freshener, bronchitis, canker Sores, Catarrh, Cavities, Colds, Colitis, Colon (cleans),  Coughs, Cuts, Digestion, Diphtheria, Emphysema, Gangrene, Gargle, Gums, Halitosis, Healing (general), Hemorrhoids, Herpes, Hemorrhoids, Indigestion, Infections, Lung Diseases, Menstruation, Mouth Sores, Nervous Conditions, Nipples (sores),  Phlegm (reduces),  Pyorrhea, Rheumatism, Scarlet Fever,  Shock, Sinus Problems,  Skin Sores, Sore Throat, Sores (poultice), Stomach (cleans), Thyroid,  Tonsillitis, Toothache, Tuberculosis, Ulcers (leg), Ulcers (leg), Vaginal Discharge, Wounds, Yeast Infections.

References:

Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason; N.D., Woodland Publishing Incorporated, 1995
The Ultimate Healing System, Course Manual, Copyright 1985, Don Lepore
Planetary Herbology, Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., Lotus Press, 1988
Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, by James A. Duke, Pub. CRP Second Edition 2007
The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Published by Dorling Kindersley

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