Myrrh (Balsamodendron myrrha)
Parts used: The Resin
This isn’t like the other herbs that I have listed, you only use the resin of this herb. At one time Myrrh was worth its weight in gold, literally. For those of you who actually remember the story, it was given along with frankincense as gifts by the Three Kings. The reasons weren’t just because of its value as an incense, but also due to the remarkable properties of myrrh.
Myrrh is the best antiseptic herb in the herb kingdom. It works best on the mucus membranes. Many herbalists believe that myrrh is second only to echinacea as a remedy. It works well for the stomach and colon because of its cleansing and healing properties. The essential oil of myrrh contain antiseptic properties, and when used as a tincture and mixed with water is a great gargle for sore throat.
Myrrh also strengthens the digestive system and helps the body remove waste.
Abrasions, asthma, bad breath, bronchitis, catarrh, colon, coughs, cuts, diarrhea, eczema, gas, gums, hemorrhoids, herpes, indigestion, lung disease, menstrual problems, mouth sores, nipples (sore), piles, pimples, scarlet fever, sinus problems, skin sores, stomach, throat, tuberculosis, ulcers, wounds