Information on Myrrh

Latin NameCommiphora molmol
Part UsedGum Resin
Herb FormsTincture, essential oil, bulk herb.
AffectsUrinary system, Integumentary system, Respiratory system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy and if you have excessive uterine bleeding. Myrrh may cause irritation of the kidneys and diarrhea in susceptible individuals when taken in large amounts (over 4 grams).
Botanical InfoA small spiny tree or arid regions from the Torchwood family.
DescriptionMyrrh tincture diluted in a little water is mainly used as a gargle or wash for gum problems and mouth sores, tonsillitis, and sore throat. It is applied externally for herpes and skin inflammation. Myrrh is used internally as well for bronchitis, chronic cough, and tonsillitis. Research shows that myrrh may reduce cholesterol levels.

Myrrh has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Tincture1-2 droppersful daily

Ailments Treated by Myrrh

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Athlete's footantifungaltinture (externally)
Bad breathantibacterialtincture
Gum problems, generalanti-inflammatory, astringenttincture diluted as mouthwash
Nephritis, chronicastringenttincture
Periodontal diseaseastringenttincture diulted as a wash


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