Myrrh is a natural gum resin extracted from several tree species of the genus Commiphora Myrrha. It is native to Africa and has been around as far back as 3000 BC. It has been used for various uses from anointing kings to disguising foul odors, flavoring and even for its medicinal uses. Today we are going to look into the medicinal value of this wonderful resin.
There are two main components of the essential oil obtained from Myrrh. They are terpenoids and sesquiterpenes. They both have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties with antioxidant effects. Here’s how they work, terpenoids give us the wonderful smells and taste with all plant life. Sesquiterpenes effect our emotional center in the hypothalamus which keeps us calm and stable. They are currently being studied for their anti-cancer benefits.
Due to its ability to inhibit microbial growth, it can prevent the many issues caused by such growth such as fever, coughs, colds, mumps, measles, pox and infections from wounds without all the side effects of antibiotics we use today.
As an astringent, it strengthens the gums, muscles, internal organs, hair and smooths skin. It can stop hemorrhaging from wounds by contracting the blood vessels. As an anti-inflammatory, it prevents fever and viral infections.
Myrrh stimulates the heart promoting blood circulation. Triggers the secretion of digestive juices and bile into the stomach helping with digestion and vitalizes the brain and nervous system allowing you to be alert.
It can also stimulate the uterus and regulate menstruation and relieve symptoms of PMS and hormonal imbalances. Since it stimulates the uterus it is advised that pregnant women stay away from it to avoid the risk of miscarriage.
In a 2011 study, myrrh was able to reduce the reproduction of human cancer cells. They found that myrrh was able to suppress the growth in eight different types of cancer cells especially gynecological cancers.
It is also used in aromatherapy as a sedative and antidepressant helping to relax your mind and body while boosting your immune system.
Myrrh, as well as many other natural ingredients, have great health benefits but they can also pose detrimental effects in people with certain conditions so it is recommended you seek a professional to learn how to best use these ingredients in your situation.