Myrrh

Myrrh

Myrrh

Formal Name: Commiphora myrrha
Supplement Forms: Plant, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information

History

Myyrh was used as long as 5,000 years ago by the Egyptians, who used it in mummification and to treat wounds. Myrrh was once worth more than its weight in gold, and was also used by other cultures as incense. Romans also added myrrh to wine, as a flavor enhancer. The word "myyrh" comes from a Greek term meaning "perfurme".

Bodily Functions Myrrh Assists

Recently, scientists have begun to research the medicinal effects of myrrh, the fragrant extract of a certain tree gum resin. The herb has been shown to protect the stomach’s natural mucus lining. In addition, myrrh may include powerful antioxidants and provide stimulation for the thyroid gland. Myrrh may also have the ability to fight inflammation, fever, and cancer. More scientific research is required before these claims can be verified.

Foods High in Myrrh

Myrrh is not typically used as a food ingredient. The herb is available in pill form as a dietary supplement.

Ailment That Myrrh Eliminates:
  • May reduce inflammation
  • Protects against gastrointestinal disorders by reinforcing the mucus lining in the stomach
  • May treat asthma
  • May fight cancer cells
  • May reduce fever
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Do not use myrrh if you are pregnant
  • Diabetics should avoid myrrh
  • Myrrh can cause dermatitis, especially in individuals with sensitive skin
  • Large quantities of myrrh could change your heart rate

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