Constituents: volatile oil, about 8%, (containing heerabolene, limonene, dipentene, pinene, eugenol, cinamal-dehyde, cuminaldehyde, etc), resins, up to 40% (including commiphoric acids), gum (about 50%).
How to Use:
Many ancient texts extol the healing properties of Myrrh as a cleansing, purifying agent and it continues to be a proven and popular remedy today. In the early 20th century myrrh was still being used
in hospitals to treat bed sores. 1 Myrrh's antifungal, antiseptic
and astringent actions makes it a specific in the treatment of infections in the
mouth such as mouth ulcers, gingivitis, and phyorrhoea. 2 Used as
a gargle it can help with laryngitis and respiratory complaints; it is both expectorant
and a stimulant of circulation and finds many uses in the treatment of the common
cold. Externally it is healing and antiseptic for wounds and abrasions and can
be applied diluted with a carrier oil or used sparingly as a tincture. Myrrh
is a useful agent for treating thrush, (Candida albicans) and athlete's
foot fungal infections.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Most often as a tincture, or the essential oil, rarely teas or capsule form.
Today, most of the internationally-traded myrrh and frankincense resins are produced in the southern Arabian peninsula (Oman, Yemen) and in northeast Africa (Somalia). The primary species relied upon today are Commiphora myrrha for myrrh and Boswellia caraterii for frankincense.
Commiphora wightii : Guggal, Guggul or Mukul myrrh tree- Endangered species used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The collective name Guggul can also be used to refer to myrrh, frankincense and other gum resin trees of Africa to central Asia.
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History and Traditions & Folklore
One of the three gifts of the Three Magi, Myrrh was one of the ingredients in kyphi, a mixture of scents used in religious rituals in ancient Egypt, and was also used by them as incense and in embalming preparations
Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) As a wash myrrh is good for spongy gums, ulcerated throat and aphthous stomatitis, and the tincture is also applied to foul and indolent ulcers. ,
Richard Mabey. "New Age Herbalist, The " Fireside, (1988) The main medicinal uses of myrrh are as a cleansing agent, countering putrefaction and poisons throughout the body ,
Hasnain Walji, Ph.D.. "Healing Power of Aromatherapy,The " Prima Lifestyles, (1996) In the early 20 th century myrrh was still being used in hospitals to treat bed sores.
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