6 Best Benefits of Myrrh

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Myrrh is an ancient fragrance that has been used for everything from embalming to antiseptic treatments, and it is still prized today for its medicinal benefits.

What is Myrrh?

Myrrh is an amber-colored resin, harvested from small, thorny desert trees native to the Middle East and North Africa. It is highly valued in many religious traditions and is used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Ancient Egyptians valued myrrh as an embalming agent and it was also used as an incense, in sacred anointing oils, and as an additive to wine. It is still valued today as a folk medicine for both humans and animals.

Crystals of myrrh

Myrrh is a resin with medicinal properties. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Myrrh Benefits

Let us look at the amazing benefits of myrrh in detail below.

  • May Help Prevent Cancer: There is some evidence that shows that myrrh may have anti-cancer benefits, specifically when it comes to inhibiting the growth of gynecologic cancerous cells. [1]
  • Stimulates Blood Circulation: It has been shown to be highly anti-inflammatory and is thought to alleviate pain by stimulating blood circulation, making it a popular treatment for joint pain and hemorrhoids.
  • Improves Oral Health: Because of its strong antiseptic properties, it is often used to treat bad breath and mouth infections, as well as various viruses and fungi.
  • Treats Indigestion: It is a popular medicine for indigestion and ulcers and has historically been used to rid the body of parasitic infections.
  • Improves Respiratory Health: It is also used for treating upper respiratory infections, like a cough or congestion, sore throat, and asthma.
  • Provides Endocrine Support: An important active ingredient in myrrh, sesquiterpenes, balance hormones, and provide endocrine support. [2]

Side Effects

Large amounts of myrrh may cause the following:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Low blood sugar

Due to its effect on hormones and menstruation, women should not use this substance during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as it can lead to complications and uterine bleeding.

It should not be used to treat fevers as it can have an adverse effect. Before adding this natural remedy to your health regimen, it is best to speak with your doctor about any potential complications or negative interactions.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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