- The tannines in Myrrh act as an astrigent which maybe why it is popular in many mouthwash products
- Myrrh is also a popular ingredient in toothpaste and may help fight bacteria that can cause tooth decay
- A mouthwash made with Myrrh can be effective against coughs, sore throats and asthma
The reddish brown teardrop of resin that exudes from the bark of the Myrrh tree owes its name to the tragic story of Myrrha who refused to worship Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and was turned into a Myrrh tree by the angry gods.The tear that seeps from the bark is supposed to signify the sorrow that Myrrha felt. This sorrow is not likely to be shared however by those with sore gums from gum disease who continue to extol its benefits as a mouthwash.
Latin name: Commiphora molmol
Type: Dried Resin
To make a mouthwash, steep one teaspoon of powdered Myrrh (this can be made by crushing resin peas with a pestle) and one teaspoon of boric acid in one pint of boiling water
Myrrh can be taken as an infusion of one teaspoon of powder in a cup, three times per day or as a tincture, a few drops of which should be added to water.
Myrrh is quite bitter to taste and its enjoyment can be improved with the addition of honey, sugar and/ or lemon
- Do not give to any child under two years old
- Do not use while pregnant or nursing
- For over 65s, use low levels, infrequently
- Large doses have been known to have a laxative effect