“Myrrh, where have I had that word before?” This is a common response I get from people when talking about this ancient healing gum. Normally, you can tell the Bible school-raised kids from the rest. Eventually, a look of epiphany hits their face. “Baby Jesus!” The way I look at it…if it was could enough for the Son of God, it’s good enough for us! Let’s talk about some uses of myrrh and Myrrh Gargle & Cream Recipes in particular.
Myrrh Gargle & Cream Recipes
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is a gum from a shrub indigenous to the Middle East. (Surprise, surprise with the Jesus reference. Those Magi were lazy. They weren’t going to travel to China to get him a gift.) Typically the gum or sap of the bush is used. It hardens into a yellow/red substance and then broken off into cubes. (See the picture.)
Myrrh has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Traditional Chinese medicine has classified it as spicy and bitter with neutral temperament. It’s been used in this naturopathic realm to improve circulatory so it has been commonly used for “a congested liver,” menstrual problems, and arthritic issues per se. In Indian or Ayurvedic medicine, myrrh’s usage is consistent with Chinese medicine, used namely for circulatory and joint issues. Let’s talk about some of its usages.
Myrrh can be used to:
- Treat eczema
- Alleviate sore throats, coughs, and other respiratory issues.
- Ameliorates painful cramping and dysmenorrhea.
- Treat arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid varieties.
- Clean wounds due to its antiseptic and antifungal properties.
- Douche the vagina for improved vaginal health (Check out our episode on Vaginal Probiotics: Sham or Legit)
- Bad breath, gum disease, and other oral health issues. (Check out our episode on The Dangers of Root Canals & Did Cavemen Have Better Teeth Than We?
Dosages & Recipes
Myrrh Gargle & Cream Recipes time! It is most popularly converted into a lotion to apply on wounds or skin issues (like eczema), a massaging oil, and diffused “essential oil,” or a gargle. Let’s focus on its most popular iterations.
Add 5 drops myrrh, 4 drops geranium, 4 drops lavender into a 1 oz lanolin-free cream or coconut oil. Mix well and apply to skin.
Mix 1 teaspoon of myrrh into 16 ounces of boiling water. Add teaspoon of boric acid. Boric acid in itself is a reknown antiseptic agent commonly found in naturopathic cosmetics and toiletries. (Baking soda may be used instead.) Let both agents boil for 5 minutes and then cool for 30, then strain. Reheat & gargle when ready to use but don’t swallow.
Nowadays with the proliferation of doTerra and Young Living, myrrh is most commonly seen in its essential oil form. Similar to Frankincense, a very popular oil (and other gift given to Jesus), myrrh is commonly used for other purposes. Tr this Myrrh Gargle & Cream Recipes.
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