Synonyms in a broader sense

Latin name: Commiphora myrrha

genus: Balsam shrub plants

Plant description

The homeland of the plant is Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen and Sudan. The tree is barely 3 m high, the leaves are small and often twisted, the flowers grow in panicles. Myrrh is also harvested in Arabia; the trees are larger and taller and studded with thorns. Myrrh was already known in ancient times, as a means for embalming and as an anointing oil. Myrrh, like incense, is also burned as incense.

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Ingredients used medicinally

The air-dried resin is used.

A milky sap emerges from the bark of the tree, which dries up and is then collected. The raw material can look gray-brown, yellow-brownish, matt or glossy. Usually the size of a nut, the smell aromatic, the taste scratchy and very bitter.


Essential oil, resin, pectins, slime

Medicinal effect and application

The drug possesses hemostatic, disinfectant and astringent (astringent) effect. Besides, it works antispasmodic in the gastrointestinal tract. We have chronic inflammatory bowel disease Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease could be positively influenced by myrrh and increase the time between attacks without discomfort.

Mainly used as a myrrh Tincture used to treat inflammation of the mouth and gums for brushing or as a gargle.


To gargle, mix a few drops of tincture of myrrh in a glass of lukewarm water.

Combination with other medicinal herbs

You can do one too Bloodroot tea (Tormentill) and use this to rinse the oral mucosa add some tincture of myrrh. To do this, boil 2 tablespoons of cut and dried bloodroot with ½ l of water for ten minutes, let it steep for 10 minutes, strain. Add a few drops of myrrh tincture per cup and gargle with it unsweetened several times a day.

In addition, a mixture of myrrh tincture and blood root tincture can be made for brushing inflamed gums. 50 g of myrrh tincture are mixed with 30 g of blood root tincture. You can use this mixture undiluted or add 20 drops to a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with it.

Side effects

Side effects are not to be expected with external application.

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