Popular ancient texts refer to the use of myrrh, and given its medicinal properties, it’s easy to see why. Myrrh is a shrub or small tree with thorny branches. The prized resin seeps from fissures in the bark. As it begins to harden, it is harvested for use in natural remedies. The aroma of myrrh is warm, spicy, and balsamic.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Middle East, Africa, cultivated in parts of Central America and India
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Antifungal, astringent, antiseptic, expectorant, sedative, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, emmenagogue. Treats cancer,
skin conditions, oral health conditions, high cholesterol, wounds, laryngitis, sore throat.
The resin is used for most remedies. It can be gargled with water to clear up laryngitis or to soothe a sore throat. For topical application, dilute with a carrier oil before applying directly to a wound or skin irritation. Myrrh is most often sold as a tincture, but it can also be purchased as an essential oil. Sometimes it
is available in a capsule or tea.