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Myrrh against inflamed mucous membranes in the mouth

by Josephine Andrews
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Myrrh has been used for spiritual, religious, and therapeutic purposes for thousands of years. Today, the medicinal plant is valued above all for treating inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat. Read more about the effects of myrrh and the correct use.

What are the effects of myrrh?

Myrrh gum contains essential oil, resin (commiphorenic acid, terpenes, etc.) and water-soluble gums. Even if the exact mechanisms have not yet been finally clarified, the ingredients have an overall contracting effect on mucous membranes (astringent), disinfecting and inhibiting the escape of liquid from vessels (antiexudative).

Pain-relieving, fever-reducing and local anesthetic effects are also described for myrrh.

The smoke of myrrh is also said to have a positive influence on the psyche. This is why the medicinal plant is often used in aromatherapy.

What is myrrh used for?

Because of these effects, myrrh is used for:

  • slight inflammation of the gums and oral mucosa such as aphthae
  • Pressure points from dentures
  • throat and tonsillitis

Folk medicine recommends myrrh for other ailments such as non-specific intestinal problems, coughs, wounds and ulcers.

How is myrrh used?

The air-dried gum resin is used medicinally almost exclusively in the form of myrrh tincture: You can use it, for example, as a mouthwash or gargle: Put one to five milliliters of the tincture in a glass of water several times a day and rinse or gargle with it.

You can also apply the undiluted tincture directly, for example to treat mouth ulcers. To do this, use a cotton swab , for example .

In addition to the tincture, there are other ready-made medicinal preparations that contain myrrh, for example:

  • mouthwash
  • gargling solutions
  • medicated toothpastes and tooth tinctures for children
  • stomach drops
  • Swedish bitters

There are also medicines in tablet form that are traditionally used to help treat gastrointestinal disorders with diarrhea, mild cramps and flatulence. However, there are no scientific studies that prove its effectiveness.

For information on the use and dosage of such preparations, read the relevant package leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Myrrh is not suitable for making tea.

What side effects are possible?

When using the undiluted tincture, a slight burning sensation may occur temporarily. Otherwise, no side effects are known for myrrh.

What you should consider when using myrrh

There is still insufficient knowledge about the effects and side effects of myrrh in pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children under the age of twelve, which is why it is not recommended to use it in these cases.

Tinctures contain a lot of alcohol and should therefore not be used by alcoholics.

How to get myrrh products

Myrrh and its preparations are available from your pharmacy or drugstore. For the correct use of the preparations, please ask your doctor or pharmacist and read the respective leaflet.

What is myrrh?

Myrrh is the gum resin of plants, specifically Commiphora trees and shrubs. Botanically, these belong to the balsam family (Burseraceae) and are mainly found in the arid regions of tropical and subtropical Africa and in Arabia. The most important supplier of myrrh is the real myrrh bush (Commiphora myrrha).

The liquid gum resin (myrrh) is formed in resin ducts in the bark. It occurs either spontaneously or after injury to the bark. When exposed to air, the gum resin solidifies and forms irregular, orange-brown “globs” that can be harvested.

When myrrh burns, the aromatically scented essential oil is released. The medicinal plant was therefore already used in ancient times as a valuable incense and for the anointing of priests and for embalming the dead.

Myrrh is still used in many ways today, for example as an additive in perfumes for soaps, lipsticks, mouthwash, toothpaste and for medicinal purposes.

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