This fresh batch of Myrrh is sourced from a co-op in Somalia where it is called Molmol or Mulmul locally. It is lighter in colour than the Arabian variety and bears a scent that is a little more refined and delicate than Arabian Myrrh. Though often found in smaller and more translucent pieces than its cousin across the gulf, it is rich in essential oils lending it a bitter/sweet woody rich fragrance.
One of the most precious commodities in the ancient world, this powerful oleoresin has kept its value as a component in perfumes and incense, while medicinally, it is still unsurpassed as a “heal-all” for oral care, effectively addressing issues such as inflamed sore or infected gums, post extraction soreness or denture irritation, spongy gums, canker sores, halitosis, gingivitis, and loose teeth. A simple tincture of the raw oleoresin, or essential oil, in alcohol/water, added to a mouthwash of warm water and 1/4 teaspoon salt is one of the best treatments for most all oral issues and sore throats.
It is a powerful anti-fungal and has been used successfully to treat candida, thrush and fungal infections of the skin and nails. The tincture applied directly to the nails creates a, fungicidal “Varnish”, which when applied consistently over the course of weeks helps eliminate fungi at their source. (Somali and Ethiopian Myrrh types create lighter coloured varnishes, not as dark a brown colour or conspicuous as the Arabian grown Myrrh). For instruction on making an antifungal nail lacquer see my post at http://fairtradefrankincense.com/2015/09/17/how-to-prepare-an-antifungal-nail-lacquer-with-somali-myrrh/
Myrrh performs admirably in cremes and salves for dry, cracked and fissured heels, is considered skin healing and rejuvenating.
Internally it is a traditional “Bitter”, stimulating digestion, appetite and the production of bile, re-balancing the digestive tract and treating diarrhea.
Topically, in a salve or creme, Myrrh has been used for coughs, colds and congestion, cuts and abrasions, piles and hemorrhoids.
Myrrh is a traditional herb for regulating menses and excess menstruation.
The name Myrrh is rooted in The Aramaic word for bitter. Mar, Mor. It lives up to its name with a wonderfully rich, stimulating and very palatable bitterness. Some associate this with the names Mary, (Mar-Yam), Miriam, Mariam, and believe it to mean the bitter of the sea, froth of the sea. Also the name of the Goddess Aphrodite which is said to mean “risen from the froth of the sea”.
Myrrh is ruled Astrologically by the Moon and the sign of Cancer, considered to be of a feminine nature, and has an affinity with water, ebb and flow and especially the fluid systems of our body where it helps regulate and rebalance the digestive tract, oral cavity, and women’s menses. ( Frankincense is ruled by the Sun).
In Some Somali Harvesting communities, Myrrh, which forms as a natural exudate on the tree, is harvested exclusively by the women of the clan. Frankincense which requires stripping and tapping of the tree is managed and performed only by the men.
For a simple mouthwash for sore inflamed or irritated gums, one can place a half teaspoon of this Myrrh, crushed or ground in a cup, add boiling water and let sit till cool. It can then be swished in the mouth, or gargled repeatedly during the day. (It is bitter!) A quarter teaspoon of sea salt can be added to this mix as well.
For recipes for Myrrh and other oleoresins, please see my post, http://apothecarysgarden.com/2014/12/29/preparing-winter-
For instructions on preparing your own tincture of Myrrh, please visit-http://apothecarysgarden.com/recipes-2/how-to-make-a-tincture-of-myrrh-for-oral-care/