Myrrh

Commiphora myrrha Traditional antiseptic for gums

The gum (or resin) of the myrrh tree is used for the treatment of mouth and gum problems in many of the world's traditional healing systems. It's a useful, fast-acting treatment for mouth ulcers, gingivitis, periodontitis and bleeding gums because it is an effective antiseptic, helps reduce swelling and inflammation, has a local anaesthetic action and encourages wound healing.

0 DOS VIK Myrrh is normally used as a tincture, which is available from an herbalist. It can be painted onto mouth

A biblical herb

Myrrh has lone heen a valuable trading commodity, and was used In Ancient times in both incense and cosmetics. II was often worth more than its weight in gold, hence its status as a suitable gifi for Ihe infant Jesus. According to the Bible, myrrh was also used to anoint Jesus's body afier Ihe crucifixion. Uses throughout the ages include: mummification: the preservation of wine: a treatment for snake bite, intestinal worms and scurvy: and as an aphrodisiac. II is known to kill various pests that carry human parasites, including mosquitoes and ticks: pellets of myrrh were burned in ancient Egyptian homes to help rid them of fleas.

ulcers and infections without being diluted, or added to water (30 to 60 drops at a time) for use as a mouthwash or gargle for more generalized gum problems. See also the mouthwash recipe for bleeding gums, page 257.

Cautions

• Only apply clove oil as a topical treatment to teeth and gums. Do not take it internally.

• Clove oil sometimes causes contact dermatitis or worsens irritation of the gums and mucous membranes. If this occurs, stop using it and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

• Use clove oil only as an emergency or short-term remedy until you are able to access professional dental care. Avoid using it repeatedly or for long periods of time, as it may damage gum tissue.

• Do not confuse myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) with Myrrhis odorata (sweet cicely),

• Do not use any of the herbs listed on this page if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

First aid

Stock your herb garden and medicine cabinet with Ihe right remedies and you'll be ready to handle all life's little mishaps.

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