Common name: Myrrh
Part used: Oleo-gum resin exuded from the stem
Habitat: Myrrh is a decidulous very thorny tree which grows up to 5m tall and 1.5m wide with small ovate leaves. It grows in full sun in arid or semi-arid regions, native to the Arabian peninsula, often at altitudes of 250 - 1,300m.
Folklore and History: Like frankinsence, myrrh was used in ancient civilisations accross the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Prized as an embalming ingredient, an aromatic burned in ceremonies, as a perfume and used in oral hygiene and as a wound herb (as it still is today).
Constituents: Volatile oil, furano-sesquiterpenes, terpenes, resin, steroids
Actions: Astringent, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anthelminthic, anti-hyperlipidaemic, anti-diabetic, diuretic, stimulating, antiangiogenic, stimulates leucocytosis.
Traditional and current uses:
• Gum inflammation and bleeding, minor ulcers, infection and inflammation in the mouth
• Topically for minor wounds, skin inflammation, abrasions and furnuncles
• To help combat infection (internal use)
• To support the liver
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