Myrrh in herbal medicine and home remedies

Myrrh is antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and astringent. Myrrh is an immune stimulant, a circulatory stimulant, and an expectorant. Internally and externally, myrrh works to heal stubborn infections, repair wounds, and clear poisons from the body.

Brushing teeth with myrrh powder can help heal the gums.
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A healthy mouth is a blessing but when gum disease or mouth sores strike, it's time for myrrh.


Sprinkle myrrh powder on stubborn sores.

The bitter myrrh resin is used for muscular pain, to heal sores, to lower cholesterol, and in the treatment of mouth ulcers. It is also an excellent remedy for fungal infections including ringworm, thrush, and athlete’s foot. Myrrh is a good addition to chest rubs, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and hemorrhoid ointments. It is also used in the treatment of indigestion, stomach ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, and lung congestion.

Use myrrh essential oil for healing massages and chest rubs.

For coughs due to colds, use myrrh as a chest-rub. Combine six to ten drops of myrrh essential oil with a quarter cup of grapeseed oil. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil for added strength and rub on chest as needed to soothe cough and reduce phlegm. This mixture also relieves muscle and joint pain when used in massage.

Sprinkle myrrh powder on toothpaste before brushing.

When treating a sore throat or laryngitis, add powdered myrrh to a cup of warm salt water. Gargle often to help speed healing and reduce pain. Do you have bad teeth or gum disease? Sprinkle powered myrrh on toothpaste three times a week and brush as usual. The taste might be unpleasant at first but you will get used to it. Myrrh can actually prevent and help heal gingivitis and other stubborn gum diseases.

Myrrh dissolves in oil and alcohol.

Myrrh is a resin that can be dissolved in alcohol based tinctures and oils. Sometimes myrrh is ground into a fine powder and sprinkled on top of herbal teas or wine. Myrrh does not dissolve in water.

Use myrrh to stimulate immunity.

Myrrh resin is known to kill harmful bacteria and to stimulate the activity of white blood cells. Myrrh improves the immune system and stimulates regeneration of healthy cells. Myrrh tincture is a well known remedy for inflamed tissue and may even have anti-cancer properties.

Myrrh can be burned as incense and used as an aid to meditation.

Myrrh brings about feelings of peace. It is often burned in religious ceremonies and has been around for thousands of years. The earliest mentions of myrrh is in the Hebrew BIble.

* Overuse of myrrh can cause diarrhea and irritation of the kidneys. Do not use myrrh internally during pregnancy. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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