Common myrrh, gum myrrh, african myrrh
A tree commonly used to make myrrh resin, for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Powerful antiseptic & immune stimulant. Good for infections of the mouth and throat, and general colds & flu.
Key actions: Vulnerary (aids wound healing), antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat respiratory infections, aphthous ulceration, pharyngitis and also for the treatment of recurrent boils (furunculosis).
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 1 to 2 teaspoons of powder to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 2 ml (1:3 in 90% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:5 Take 0.5 to 1.5 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
There is a known allergy to this herb.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Burseraceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Avoid if breastfeeding.
Contact dermatitis may be a experienced as a result of topical use. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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