DESCRIPTION: Myrrh is not an herb, it is a sap-like substance (resin) that comes out of cuts in the bark of trees that are members of the Commiphora species.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Myrrh is used for the treatment of indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, lung congestion, arthritis pain, cancer, leprosy, spasms, and syphilis. It is also used as a stimulant and to increase menstrual flow. Myrrh is also applied directly to the mouth for soreness and swelling, inflamed gums (gingivitis), loose teeth, canker sores, bad breath, and chapped lips. It is also used topically for hemorrhoids, bedsores, wounds, abrasions, and boils.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Skin rash when applied topically and diarrhea when ingested
PARTS USED: Resin
GENERAL USAGE: Safe when used in small amounts. Large doses may be UNSAFE. Amounts greater than 2-4 grams can cause kidney irritation and changes in heart rate. Used to treat colds, indigestion, congestion, and arthritic conditions. Also applied topically to areas of the mouth, teeth, cold sores, chapped lips, wounds, and boils.
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