Myrrh (and various species) come from the Middle East, Ethiopia and Somalia and is a tree sap which once hardened, becomes a resin.
In Ancient Egypt, myrrh was used to treat hayfeve and herpes. The ancient Greeks used it as an antiseptic for soldiers to clean up battle wounds - myrrh was commonly carried into the battlefield.
Myrrh is known as a "blood mover"/stimulant, meaning that it increases circulation, thereby getting medicinal qualities to tissues and acting as a purifyer and a decongestant of tissues that are stagnant. Stagnant tissues are hot beds of inflammation and host to pathogens.
Its high percentage of essential oil causes it to be antibacterial and able to ease digestive issues. It is also an astringent-which causes it to tighten tissues, expelling mucos. for those with chronic lung or reproductive or mucos membrane problems.
Antioxidant benefits - a study published in the prestigious journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found that myrrh was able to protect against lead induced hepato-toxicity. Authors of the study concluded that myrrh emulsion is a "powerful antioxidant" that can "protect against PbAc-induced hepatic oxidative damage and immunotoxicity by reducing lipid peroxidation and enhancing the antioxidant and immune defense mechanisms.
Anticancer properties - a group of Chinese researchers revealed that extracts of myrrh may be effective against human gyneocologic cancer cells. Their findings were published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research.
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