Myrrh is antifungal, antiseptic, and astringent. Myrrh is an immune stimulant, a circulatory stimulant, and an expectorant. Internally and externally, myrrh works to heal infection, repair wounds, and clear poisons from the body.
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. Combine with tea tree oil or yellowroot for best results.
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.
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 but it is worth it. Myrrh can actually prevent and help heal gingivitis and other stubborn gum diseases.
Myrrh is a resin that can be dissolved in tinctures and oils. Sometimes myrrh is ground into a fine powder and sprinkled on top of other herbal teas. Myrrh does not dissolve in water.
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.
On the first Christmas, myrrh was given to baby Jesus along with frankincense and gold. The amber colored resin was highly valued by ancient civilizations. Egyptians used myrrh in the embalming process to preserve mummies and in the treatment of leprosy and syphilis.
According to Chinese medicine, a healthy body is dependant on blood movement. In China, myrrh is often used as a blood tonic to improve circulation and bring fresh oxygen (and nutrients) to organs and tissues.
Myrrh is harvested from the stems of bushy shrubs that grow in Arabia, Somalia, and other parts of North Africa and the Middle East. The myrrh shrub grows to 12 feet in height and is sturdy with knotted branches. The branches stand out at right-angles, ending in very sharp thorns. Myrrh is related to frankincense (which is also a resin). Both are often used as incense and are said to calm the mind and the soul.
*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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