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Other Names: Myrrh, African Myrrh, Guggal Gum, Guggal Resin, Gandh Ras, Balsamodendron Myrrh, Commiphora Molmol
Traditional Usages: Herbal Antiseptic, Incense, Tonic and Blood Cleanser, Bath Relaxer, Internal and External Ulcerations, Mouth Wash for Throat, Pharynx, Spongy Gums, Pyrrhoea, For wounds that refuse to heal, Boils, Abscesses, Fungal Infections, Thrush, Chronic Catarrh, Athlete's Foot, Absence of Menstrual Periods, Ulcers, Stimulates the Circulation, For Respiratory Problems, Leprosy, Syphilis, Sores, Asthma, Bad Breath, Herpes, Nipple Discharge
Resources: Mediterranean, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, South Arabia, China
Parts Used: Resin from Stems, Gum, Leaves, Essential Oil
Administration Method: Powdered resin, myrrh tincture and other natural preparation for topical use
Herb Action: Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, immune system and circulatory stimulant, bitter, expectorant, reduces phlegm.
Herbal Research: Myrrh
A WHO Organizational resource: Myrrh Research - FULL REPORT
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
Myrrh - Herbal remedy for Chilblains: Apply myrrh oil to the area affected by chilblains. Leave for some time then wash with warm water.
Myrrh - Herbal remedy for Gingivitis: Myrrh has potent anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling and pain and antibacterial constituents to fight mouth bacteria that can cause gum disease. As myrrh does not easily dissolve in water, it is best prepared as an infusion or tincture. If a stronger remedy is needed, a mixture of equal parts of tincture of myrrh and tincture of echinacea can be used.
Myrrh - Herbal remedy for Halitosis: Sometimes upset stomach and similar gastrointestinal problems can lead to halitosis. In these cases other natural remedies can bring relief. Myrrh which is the red-brown resin from shrubs and trees native to the Mediterranean can help with bad breath. A small teaspoon of powdered myrrh is mixed with two cups of boiling water. Let it cool down and keep in a jar covered with a lid. One teaspoon of this mixture should be taken 5-6 times per day for two weeks.
Apply two drops of myrrh tincture or two drops of a mixture of myrrh and echinacea tinctures to the gum twice daily until there is an improvement.
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