Myrrh is a natural gum or rock-like resign that is extracted from a number of small thorny tree species known as the Commiphora. Originating from North Africa and the Middle-East, Myrrh has been used since ancient times as perfume and as an incense for medicinal purposes. For centuries, many have even credited Myrrh for promoting spiritual enlightenment and reflection.
Upon hearing the word ‘Myrrh’, many of you may immediately associate it with the Nativity story. What many don’t know about Myrrh, is that it is an incredibly luxurious substance that may hold a variety of benefits for you and your wellbeing.
Myrrh may improve your oral health
Due to the antimicrobial properties that may be present in Myrrh. Myrrh has commonly been used to treat oral infections and inflammation. Some studies suggest that a mouthwash which contains Myrrh could be useful in treating conditions such as gingivitis, as well as helping to aid plaque buildup. So much so, that natural mouthwash and toothpaste brands often use Myrrh in their products. The anti-inflammatory properties present in Myrrh could also suggest that it may be useful in treating mouth sores and oral ulcers.
Myrrh may kill harmful bacteria
Interestingly, Ancient Egyptians used Myrrh to embalm mummies, as it would make everything smell nice and slow down decay. It is not surprising why the Ancient Egyptians used Myrrh for mummification, as scientists have since discovered that Myrrh may have the ability to kill bacteria. A study concluded that not only did burning Frankincense and Myrrh reduce airborne bacteria by 68%, but Myrrh could potentially stimulate the production of white blood cells which also kill bacteria. Myrrh was also found to be potentially useful at eradicating fungi that can lead to skin conditions such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.
Myrrh and skin health
According to Medical News Today, Myrrh may also help you maintain healthy skin. Myrrh is potentially packed with powerful antioxidants, which could ensure that your body is protected from oxidative stress and those nasty free radicals that not only dry out the skin but, potentially age it too. The astringent and antimicrobial properties potentially present in Myrrh may also help soothe acne, all while making the skin look more supple and youthful.
Myrrh may be good for your gut
Another potential benefit of Myrrh is that it may promote gut health. While it should be taken with a grain of salt, as there needs to be more research done on this area, some studies have suggested that Myrrh may help alleviate minor digestive ailments, such as indigestion, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, and flatulence.
Mrryh may help you relax
Another use of Myrrh and Myrhh essential oil is as a relaxing agent. Much like Lavender essential oil, some have found that using Myrrh in aromatherapy or applying it to the skin was somewhat calming and prompted relaxation. Considered to be therapeutic and warming, Myrrh is very popular in massage therapy, as many people credit it for alleviating minor stress and anxiety. Additionally, Myrrh may also have the ability to relax your muscles, according to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
With so many potential benefits, it’s no wonder we use such a luxurious ingredient like Myrrh in many of our products. Bellow, you will find a list of the Y natural products which contain Myrrh.