Myrrh Gum Facts: Benefits and Side Effects
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Myrrh Gum Facts: Benefits and Side Effects

Myrrh is a red-brown sap-like substance that is extracted from Commiphora myrrha tree. It is a resin tree that can be found in South Arabia and Somalia and today grows in some part of Yemeni. This tree grows up to 9ft high and has bumpy bark and prickly branches.

Myrrh is a red-brown sap-like substance that is extracted from Commiphora myrrha tree. It is a resin tree that can be found in South Arabia and Somalia and today grows in some part of Yemeni. This tree grows up to 9ft high and has bumpy bark and prickly branches.

As recorded in the history, this tree was then used during ancient times to preserve mummies, as remedy for various infections such as leprosy and syphilis. It is considered as herbal tree to cure bad breath and other dental problems. Other uses of Myrrh are for:

• Arthritis and bronchitis

• Cough and colds problems

• Digestive troubles

• Mouth and Gum tribulations

• Stimulates Immune System

Myrrh tree has internal, external and therapeutic uses and benefits to humans. Let’s talk about it in category.

Internal uses:

• Stomach and gastrointestinal problems

• Chest issues

• Bronchial infections

• Menstrual issues

External uses:

• Helps in treating infected wounds

• Sinusitis

• Skin conditions like inflammations

• Mouth sores or mouth ulcers

• Gingivitis and stomatitis

Therapeutic uses:

• Helps in detoxification

• Helps prevent putrefaction of cells and tissue

• Acts as uterine stimulant which is beneficial for the stomach and mouth.

• Promotes menstruation

Myrrh is basically for mouth as mouth wash. It has soothing effects to treat inflammation and sore throat. This herbal tree is very beneficial for people who are suffering from gum diseases. It is harmful for most people however when used in large doses it is unsafe. Overdose intake of myrrh will cause side effects such as the following:

• Skin rash

• Diarrhea

• Kidney irritation

• Heart rate changes

Therefore, to avoid the various side effects of improper intake of this herbal tree, take only 2-4 grams as suggested dose for such ailment. Also note the following precautions and warnings to avoid its side effects.

• Pregnant woman or those who do breast feeding is not advisable to take myrrh as treatment for gastrointestinal problems. This will trigger miscarriage.

• Myrrh tree helps lower blood sugar of diabetics but when the intake of this herbal tree is not properly monitored it can drop down too low the blood sugar level which is also not good. Proper monitoring is required for diabetic patients.

Myrrh intake is not recommended for individual who is scheduled for surgery.

There are more things that we should know about myrrh tree. But knowing its few uses and side effects is enough to enlighten peoples mind.

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Comments (2)

It sounds like I should get some myrrh for my medicine cabinet. Thank-you for a useful article

This is really great advice on myrrh! I had no idea it was that useful. Thanks for the info :D

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