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Myrrh tea – Benefits and properties

by Dianna Leon

Myrrh is a plant belonging to the Chenopodiaceae family , and is also well known as Arabic myrrh, frankincense and true myrrh. It is a thorny shrub that can reach up to 3 meters in height, and is common in Arabia and northeastern Africa.

Scientific name Commiphora myrrha , the plant has sparse, terminated and trifoliate leaves, containing some small lateral leaflets and toothed at the tips. The fruit is brown, oval and 7 mm long, being an oily plant with a bitter and acidic taste, but a very characteristic smell.

The name is well known due to the presence of myrrh among the gifts of the three Magi to Jesus, which were gold, incense and myrrh. The plant was also used in mummification in Ancient Egypt and is known worldwide for its benefits.

Benefits and properties

The parts used for medicinal purposes are the resins that are extracted when the plant is cut. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, stimulant, analgesic and aromatic properties.

Its use is indicated in the treatment of sprains, bruises and stiff neck, in addition to neuralgia, sore throat, gum inflammation, mouth wounds, bad breath, soft teeth, acne, aging skin, body deodorant, skin inflammation and ulcers, in addition to be an excellent natural insect repellent.

How to use?

Attention: the use of myrrh must only be done externally.

In a container, put a cup of water to boil. Then add a teaspoon of myrrh powder to a cup and set aside. When the water boils, pour over the myrrh and cover, letting it rest for approximately 10 minutes. Then, for each use, apply differently:

  • Contusions and muscle pain, in addition to skin allergies, ulcers, acne, aged skin, among others: use to moisten a cloth and make a compress.
  • Mouth inflammations, gingivitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and soft teeth: use to make mouthwash twice a day.
  • As an oil and flavoring, it can be used for meditation.
  • It can be applied all over the body in the form of a natural repellent.

Contraindications and precautions

The use of myrrh may interfere with diabetes treatment as it has documented hypoglycemic properties. So it is necessary to have use accompanied by a competent professional and continuous monitoring of blood glucose.

Its use is contraindicated for pregnant or lactating patients.

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