Myrrh – What Did the Three Kings Know That we Don’t


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For those of us raised in the Christian tradition, three kings brought gifts to Jesus at his birth.  One of these gifts was Myrrh.  To me bringing a baby tree resin just seemed strange.  Then I became an herbalist and all bets were off.  Myrrh is a truly magical healer.


Myrrh for Your Teeth and Gums

For centuries myrrh has been used as a treatment for oral issues such as:

  • Loose Teeth
  • Bad Breath
  • Gingivitis
  • Canker Sores 

Myrrh kills the bacteria that cause gingivitis as well as killing candida.  It is an anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce the redness and swelling of inflamed gums.  Myrrh also helps tone and strengthen the gums reducing issues with loose teeth. 

Interesting Myrrh Usage in History

The ancient Egyptians included myrrh in their embalming herbs.  The antibacterial properties of myrrh prevented rapid decomposition of the body and made it smell better as well. 

  • Modern Uses for Myrrh
  • Myrrh is used for its actions like:
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Analgesic

 Myrrh stimulates the production of white blood cells or Leukocytes which hunt down and eliminate fungi, viruses and bacteria carrying illness in your bloodstream. 

In addition to using myrrh as an antibacterial or anti fungal agent it also eases inflammation and pain. 

Numerous studies are being done into the effectiveness of myrrh for treating various things like

  • Candida
  • Cancer
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hyperlipidemia

 As yet there is much evidence for myrrhs effectiveness in many of these conditions but there is much study still needed. 

How to Use Myrrh

 Although myrrh has been taken internally for centuries it is extremely bitter and can lead to various digestive complaints.  Myrrh should not be given to children, pregnant women or lactating new mothers. 

For oral care the use of a myrrh tincture is best suited.  A mouthwash consisting of equal parts myrrh and goldenseal is extremely effective for tightening gums and reducing inflammation.  I use 10 drops of each in about 1/4 cup distilled water.  Rinse the mouth thoroughly and spit out the mixture.  This tastes terrible but it really works! 

For external use I would recommend myrrh essential oil.  Massage the oil mixed with a carrier oil into the painful area.  If you are using it to cleanse a wound make sure you clean it well with water first and then apply the myrrh. 

Myrrh has many benefits for use in aromatherapy.  For more information on the aromatherapy benefits of myrrh check out my friends blog at Passiflora Aromatics. 

Unless you are well versed with extracting the medicinal properties of resin I would recommend buying a high quality tincture or essential oil from an herbal pharmacy.