SOMALIA. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Pieces, Organic
Myrrh resin is harvested from a group of small thorny trees in the genus Commiphora, mainly Commiphora myrrha, native to areas of the Arabian peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen), and neighboring Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. To harvest the resin, the trees are pierced through the bark into the sapwood, causing them to bleed the waxy gum known as “tears” which quickly dry, and are collected about two weeks later.
Myrrh has been used since ancient times, in medicines, incense, perfumes, and as part of the embalming process for Egyptian mummies. An estimated 135 species of Myrrh grow in very arid regions of Africa and Arabia, and some uncertainty exists about the exact plant sources of Myrrh mentioned in the Bible and other early texts.
In Chinese medicine, Myrrh is said to have a blood-moving action, and is prescribed for circulatory problems, traumatic injuries and swellings, arthritis, menstrual disorders, menopause, and uterine tumors. Ayurvedic doctors use it in tonic and rejuvenating formulas.
Western herbalists attribute astringent, tonic, stimulant, analgesic, carminative, aperient, emmenagogue, anthelmintic, and expectorant actions to Myrrh, and it has been used to treat respiratory infections, asthma, arthritis pain, and indigestion. Myrrh’s astringent, antiseptic, and wound healing effects make it a common ingredient in mouthwashes, gargles, toothpastes, and healing salves and liniments.
Research has confirmed much of the lore surrounding Myrrh resin as an adjunct to wound healing, an antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiparasitic, and a promising anti-tumor agent.
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