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    Also indexed as:Commiphora molmol, Somalian myrrh
    Myrrh: Main Image© Steven Foster
    Botanical names:
    Commiphora molmol

    Parts Used & Where Grown

    Myrrh grows as a shrub in desert regions, particularly in northeastern Africa and the Middle East. The resin obtained from the stems is used in medicinal preparations.

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    This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

    Used for AmountWhy
    Gingivitis

    (Caraway, Chamomile, Clove Oil, Echinacea, Menthol, Peppermint, Sage)
    0.5 ml in half a glass of water three times per day swished slowly in the mouth before spitting out2 stars[2 stars]
    A mouthwash containing sage oil, peppermint oil, menthol, chamomile tincture, expressed juice from echinacea, myrrh tincture, clove oil, and caraway oil has been used successfully to treat gingivitis.
    Schistosomiasis
    Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
    In one trial, 98% of people with schistosomiasis (a parasitic infection) who were treated with a combination of resin and volatile oil of myrrh were cured of the infection.
    Canker Sores
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Myrrh is a traditional remedy with wound-healing properties that has a long history of use for mouth and gum irritations.
    Cold Sores
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    In traditional herbal medicine, tinctures of various herbs including myrrh have been applied topically to herpes outbreaks in order to promote healing.
    Common Cold and Sore Throat
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    The resin of the herb myrrh has been shown to kill various microbes and to stimulate macrophages (a type of white blood cell).
    Halitosis
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Volatile oils made from myrrh have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
    Infection
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Myrrh is an herb that directly attack microbes.
    Ulcerative Colitis
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Myrrh is an anti-inflammatory and soothing herb that may be effective in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

    Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

    In ancient times, the red-brown resin of myrrh was used to preserve mummies. It was also used as a remedy for numerous infections, including leprosy and syphilis. Myrrh was also recommended by herbalists for relief from bad breath and for dental conditions.1 In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used to treat bleeding disorders and wounds.

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