Myrrh gum
Commiphora myrrha

Myrrh gum - Commiphora myrrha (in the Burseraceae family)

Part used: Resin.

Taste/smell: Aromatic, bitter, sticks to the teeth.

Tendencies: Warming, drying.

Dosage: 1:3 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated for weak, inefficient capillary circulation, cold skin, weak pulse with catarrh and putrid conditions.

Use: (a) Antiseptic, (b) Antifungal, (c) Carminative, (d) Expectorant.

Myrrh is used for pharyngitis, urinary tract infections, all mucous membrane irritations, a gargle for sore mouths and gums and a topical wash for sores and wounds. Research in rats has shown myrrh to have analgesic properties.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue and abortifacient effects. Large doses may cause irritation of the kidneys and diarrhea. All resinous liquid extracts of herbs like myrrh will precipitate in water and stick to the container or glass.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.