"Natural Healing with Herbs for a Healthier You"
THE BENEFITS OF THE USE OF MYRRH
IN HERBAL PREPARATIONS
Myrrh’s alluring fragrance and properties has encouraged my family and me to use it in multiple ways. How sesquiterpenes affect the limbic region of the brain has been a fascinating study for me. This is because not only are the emotions controlled by this area, but the hypothalamus as well, which produces a hormone that causes the pituitary to release human growth hormone. My younger brother is delayed in his growth due to surgery trauma as an infant. We have used myrrh in some tincture preparations along with other herbs to stimulate the release of human growth hormone. We have also diffused frankincense - a relative of myrrh, for its sesquiterpene properties. My family has also used myrrh in a couple tea combinations when dealing with immune issues. Myrrh is bitter in this application however, and not everyone in my family would drink it. Personally, I have applied myrrh oil to the nail on one of my little toes which was separated into two parts from a past injury. One of the parts had picked up a fungus that made it almost black in color. From about six applications of undiluted myrrh oil, the affected part softened and I trimmed it down as far as it would go. Now it is growing back and is a normal color. I will continue to treat it in this way and trim it until the nail is normal and hopefully joined together once again.
My mother has benefited the most in my family from using myrrh. She developed a gum infection in a place afflicted with gingivitis. The area bled easily, was swollen, painful and began to abscess. She put three drops of myrrh on a flattened piece of a cotton ball and placed it over the area every night for several nights as well as in the afternoon of the first day. She said she felt a strong drawing action only where the infection was, while all around it was locally numbed. After just one overnight application, the swelling was significantly reduced and by the third day of application, she said her gum felt tight and healthy. She continued to apply myrrh to different areas of her gums and completely eliminated the gingivitis. She said myrrh was simple to use, refreshing, pleasant tasting and gave wonderful results.
by Rebecca Joy Knottnerus