By Renata Trister DO
Health Benefits of Myrrh
Myrrh has antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, anticatarrhal, antiseptic, immune boosting, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties.
Scientifically called Commiphora Myrrha, myrrh is native to Egypt. The resin was frequently used in incense and perfumery.
In addition to extensive use in aromatherapy, myrrh has medicinal uses too.
Myrrh has antimicrobial properties. It can be used to prevent many problems occurring due to microbial infection. It has no adverse side effects, unlike other antibiotics, such as weakening of liver or digestive malfunction.
Myrrh is an astringent, which means that it strengthens the gums and muscles, intestines, and other internal organs, and smoothens the skin. One more serious aspect of this astringent property is that it stops hemorrhaging in wounds. When this astringency makes the blood vessels contract and checks the flow of blood, it can stop you from losing too much blood when wounded.
Myrrh is useful for a cough and cold. It fights the viral infections that can cause them, as well as relieves congestion, and reduces the deposition of phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tracts. Myrrh is an antifungal. It can be used both internally and externally to fight fungal infections.
Myrrh increases perspiration and removes toxins, extra salt, and excess water from your body. Sweating also cleans the skin pores and helps harmful gases like nitrogen escape.
Small amount of myrrh essential oil on cuts and wounds, can keep the cut from becoming infected.
Myrrh stimulates blood circulation and ensures the proper supply of oxygen to the tissues. This is good for attaining a proper metabolic rate as well as for boosting the immune system. Increasing the blood flow to all the parts of the body helps in staying healthy. This tonic effect helps the organs in the body, serving as a protection from premature aging and infection.
Caution: Despite these benefits myrrh it can have toxic effects if used in excess. Pregnant women should avoid it since it stimulates the uterus.