Myrrh - Commiphora Myrrha

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This Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

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, (e) Antibacterial, (f) Antioxidant

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.

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