Myrrh refers to the sap of a Mediterranean tree, which is collected by slashing its bark and capturing the running “tears” of resin. When fully dried, myrrh takes on a beautiful amber color and possessed an elegant and exotic fragrance.
In Ayurvedic medicine, myrrh is considered to be a tonic and blood cleanser, but also has the reputation for improving the intellect. It is widely used for treatment of mouth, gum, throat and digestive problems, as well as for irregular or painful menstruation. It has also been used for skin infections, including acne, as well as for muscular pains and in rheumatic plasters. Scientists have also determined that myrrh has antifungal properties that enable the body to rid itself of several deadly fungi and bacteria. This is the reason that myrrh is often placed into toothpastes and gargles, to promote the healing of oral infections.