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Disclaimer: This data is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to prescribe or treat specific problems. As with any herb or medication, please consult your Doctor of Naturopath or your Medical Doctor before trying anything new.

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(Commiphora nayrrha)

The gum of Myrrh is the part of this herb that is used. Myrrh has excellent Antiseptic properties, as well as Carminative, Expectorant, Stimulant, & Emmenagogue properties. Use of this herb usually affects the stomach and the lungs, and externally as washes or rinses the skin and the mouth.

Antiseptic: Having the power to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Expectorant: Herbs which facilitate the excretion of mucus out of the throat and the lungs.
Stimulant: Herbs which naturally assist the functioning activity of the body, which increases body energy.
Emmenagogue: Herbs promoting the menstrual flow.

Myrrh gum is one of the most powerful antiseptics. It is often mixed with Goldenseal in equal parts to treat ulcers, and mucous conditions. Myrrh helps destroy putrification of the intestines and helps to keep the blood from absorbing toxins. Myrrh has been successfully used to treat chronic diarrhea and general body weakness.

Myrrh is excellent for all pus conditions, internal as well as external.

CAUTION: Myrrh gum is not to be taken in large doses for extended periods of time as it can become toxic.

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The following information is taken from Varro E. Tyler, PhD in the book "The Honest Herbalist". Now if very many of you know about Dr. Tyler, you will find that most herbalists do not like him. I feel he has a tendency to discount very valuable herbs due to lack of information, OR his pharmaceutical backgrounds inhibits his decisions. Either way, I do not like much of what he says. I do know though that every now and then I find some decent info from his book. I had to stop myself from throwing this book in the trash when I first got it because of all the herbs he discounts. But every now and then, like today, I find something of value. Here it is:

"Myrrh contains about 8% of a volatile oil, 25 to 40% of resin, and about 60% gum. Various aldehydes and pheolic constituents in the volatile oil combine with acidic constituents in the resin to produce some astringent and antiseptic properties in the oleo-gum-resin. The physical properties of the gum also confer a protective action on the mixture. Although myrrh is presently an ingredient in several commercial mouthwashes, it is far more widely used as a fragrance component in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes, and a flavor component in food products such as candy, baked goods, and so on."

"Myrrh consists of irregular masses of tear-shaped pieces, dark yellow or reddish brown in color, which exude naturally or from incisions made in the bark."

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Marcia Wilson
Journeywoman Herbalist
The Allways Natural Herb Farm

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