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Commiphora myrrha  

   

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Botanical Name

:

Commiphora myrrha

English Name

:

Myrrh, Balsamodendron Myrrha, Commiphora, Myrrha. var. Molmol, Mirra, Morr, Didin, Didthin, Bowl

Synonym(s)

:

Balasmodendron myrrha

Family

:

Burseraceae

 

General Info

Description

The bushes yielding the resin do not grow more than 9 feet in height, but they are of sturdy build with knotted branches and branchlets that stand out at right-angles ending in a sharp spine. The trifoliate leaves are scanty. small and very unequal, oval and entire. The fruit is ovate, smooth, brown, somewhat larger than a pea, surrounded at base by a 4-toothed calyx, and supported on a very short stalk.

Herb Effects

Anti-microbial, astringent, carminative, anti-catarrhal, expectorant, vulnerary, alterative, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, rejuvenative.

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Herb Information
Myrrh
Myrrh And Frankincense
King's American Dispensatory
AgroForestryTree Database

Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Volatile oil:contains myrrholic acid and heerabolene. a sesquiterpenene resin (myrrhin), gum, ash, salts, sulphates, benzoates, malates, and acetates of potassa.

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

Athlete's foot, bed sores, mouth sores, pyorrhea, throat ailments, ulcers, wounds, in perfumery, mouth washes, dentrifice.in vitiated conditions of vata, pitta and kapha, stomatitis, dyspepsia, helminthiasis, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoes and other menstrual disorders, bronchitis, asthma, phthisis, spongy gum, pharyngodynia, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, inflammations, strangury and skin diseases.

Contraindication

Do not use if you are pregnant. Large amounts may have violent laxative action and could cause the other symptoms such as seating, nausea, vomiting, and accelerated heartbeat.

Reference

Grieve MA. Modern Herbal. 1931 (www.botanical.com).


Johnson T. CRC Ethnobotany Desk Reference (www.herbweb.com/herbage)
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