myrrh

Myrrh: strong anti-microbial action used for the treatment of infections, particularly as mouthwash ...

Common Names: Myrrh

Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha

Family: Burseraceae

Plant Type: Desert tree

Parts Used: Resin

Myrrh is native to Africa and Asia. The tree grows to a height of about 9 - 15 feet and has yellow-red flowers followed by small fruits.

Cultivation: Myrrh is a small desert tree that grows only in a small area of the Middle East where a certain type of basaltic soil is found. Myrrh prefers shallow soil over limestone, in full sun. Sow seeds in spring in a greenhouse.

Harvesting: Resin exudes from the bark fissures - make cuts in branches to increase resin production, then collect, and dry in the sun.

Myrrh Magick

Protection. Exorcism. Healing. Spirituality.

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Deities: Isis, Adonis, Ra, Marian

Use myrrh to increase the power of any incense.

Include myrrh and frankincense in healing incenses and sachets.

Burn myrrh with frankincense or other resins to purify the area, lift the vibrations and create peace.

Use myrrh to aid meditation and contemplation, and use the smoke to consecrate, purify and bless objects such as amulets, talismans, charms and magical tools.

Myrrh was used in ritual in ancient Egypt.  Myrrh was burned to Ra at noon, and was also used in the temples of Isis. Moses anointed priests with an ointment that contained myrrh, and the Magi reputedly brought it to Jesus at his birth.  According to the Gospel of Mark, myrrh resin mixed with wine was the intoxicant offered to Christ before he was crucified. As well as numbing the pain, the mix was believed to raise a person's spiritual state.

Herbal Healing with Myrrh

Medicinal Actions: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidiabetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiputrid, antiseptic (strong), (infected gums), antispasmodic, antitussive, aperitive, astringent, balsamic, carminative, cicatrizant, cooling, deodorant, depurative, disinfectant, diuretic, drying, emmenagogue, expectorant, fixative, healing (traumatic injuries), hemostatic, invigorating (immune system), meditation aid, moisturizer, pectoral, rejuvenator (skin cells), revitalizing (skin), sedative, stimulant (digestive system), stomachic, sudorific, tonic (stomach), tonifying (cleanses and tightens the skin), vulnerary

Medicinal Uses: Myrrh is used for infections of the mouth and gums, as well as sinusitis and sore throats. Externally it is useful in the healing of wounds.

Body Care with Myrrh

  • To encourage cell renewal in wounds that are slow to heal, apply a little myrrh wound-healing blend to the affected areas twice a day
  • To reduce inflamed gums, add 3 drops myrrh gum healer to a glass of water; swish in the mouth for 2 - 3 minutes (then spit out) three times daily.

Wound-Healing Blend: Mix 3 drops myrrh and 3 drops frankincense essential oils in 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil.

Gum Healer: Mix 5 teaspoons myrrh tincture (200g / 7 oz powdered resin) with 1 teaspoon goldenseal tincture, add 3 drops each tea tree and thyme and 10 drops peppermint essential oils; shake well.

Source: The Essential Herbs Handbook by Lesley Bremness

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INFUSION

Steep the recommended quantity of leaves or flowers of the herb in one cup of just-boiled water for 10 minutes (this makes one dose). Strain before drinking, or leave the herbs as sprigs and simply remove them. Always cover infusions if you intend to store them, and use them within 24 hours. Drink hot or cold.


DECOCTION

Place the relevant quantity of herbs in 800ml cold water (makes three doses) in a pan. Boil, then simmer for 1 hour to reduce the liquid by a third. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and store, in a cool place, for up to 24 hours. Drink hot or cold.


TINCTURE

Tinctures can be used to prepare roots or leaves. They include alcohol and water to extract the properties from the herbs which would not be available if a water preparation alone was used. It is possible to replace the alcohol with glycerol or vinegar.

A tincture will last for up to two years, which makes it a very convenient method if you intend long-term use of the herbs.


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