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Myrrh

(Commiphora molmol)

Description

Myrrh has many antiseptic and disinfectant properties and is used most often as a deodoriser. It fights through its direct antibacterial action. Myrrh has a history of being used as an ingredient in perfumes, cosmetics and in ancient times for embalming and as an insect repellent. 

How It May Benefit You 

Take internally for

  • mouth and throat infections, gum disease, pharyngitis. Myrrh can be used as a mouthwash or gargle.

  • sinusitis, 

  • asthma, 

  • chest congestion, coughs, colds, 

  • boils.

Apply externally for wounds, abrasions.

Caution

Myrrh may cause stomach upset or diarrhoea. 

Large amounts may have violent laxative action and may cause sweating, nausea, vomiting, kidney problems, or accelerated heartbeat.

Only use recommended doses. Do not use for extended periods as it can cause damage to the kidneys. If you have kidney disease or are pregnant, consult you health care professional before starting on this herb. 

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Myrrh is available as tinctures and as an ingredient in commercial toothpastes. A powdered herb is made from the resin.