Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha
Part used: steam distillation of the gum / resin
Properties: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory
Aroma and appearance: yellow, honey-like in color, thick sap that is drained from the trunk of the myrrh tree. Has a balsamic, slightly spicy, sweet, warm, and medicinal aroma.
Historical uses: myrrh is used for apathy, arthritis pain, asthma, balance, cancer, colds, cooling effect on heated emotions, cough, increase menstrual flow, indigestion, invigorates the immune system, lack of incentive, lift feelings of weakness, leprosy, lung congestion, meditation, spasms, syphilis, ulcers, and uplifting.
Mouth problems: myrrh is applied directly to the mouth for bad breath, canker sores, chapped lips, gingivitis (inflamed gums), loose teeth, soreness and swelling
Topical Application: abrasions, bedsores, boils, cuts, hemorrhoids and wounds. Can be used in a compress and applied directly to the skin for skin-related issues.
Can be Diffused: YES
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
Taking myrrh by mouth during pregnancy is UNSAFE and should be avoided during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Myrrh can stimulate the uterus and might cause a miscarriage. Mothers who breastfeed should avoid the use of myrrh during breastfeeding as there is not enough information to deem myrrh safe while breastfeeding.
Diabetes: Myrrh might lower blood sugar. Please monitor your blood sugars carefully if taking myrrh and seek the advice of your physician as he or she may want to reduce your diabetic medicine while you are taking myrrh
Fever: Myrrh might make a fever worse. Use with caution
Heart problems: Large amounts of myrrh can affect heart rate. If you have a heart condition, get your healthcare provider’s advice before starting myrrh
Surgery: Since myrrh might affect blood glucose levels, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood glucose control during and after surgery. Stop using myrrh at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery
Systemic inflammation: although myrrh has anti-inflammatory properties, it may make conditions such as systemic inflammation worse. If you have systemic inflammation, use myrrh with caution
Uterine bleeding: because myrrh stimulates menses, people suffering from uterine bleeding should not use myrrh as it may make this condition worse
Medications for diabetes interacts with myrrh
- because myrrh has the ability to lower blood sugar levels, it should not be taken at the same time a person is taking anti-diabetic medications. Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others. Please speak with the physician prescribing the diabetic medication before you start to use myrrh
- Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting (referred to as a blood thinner). Taking myrrh might decrease how well warfarin (Coumadin) works to slow blood clotting. This could increase the chance of blood clotting, which can cause serious and life threatening conditions. Avoid using myrrh while taking Warfarin (Coumadin).
Country of origin: Somalia