Myrrh (Commiphora mirrha)
Myrrh tree, or â€œCommiphora myrrhaâ€, common in Africa and the Middle East, is botanically related to Frankincense. This tree is very distinctive due to its white flowers and knotted trunk. The tree doesnâ€™t have many leaves because it has to adapt to dry desert conditions where it grows, and It can sometimes take on very twisted shapes due to the harsh weather and wind. Its essential oil has a smoky, sweet or sometimes even bitter smell. The word myrrh comes from the Arabic word â€œmurrâ€ meaning bitter. The oil is yellowish- orange in color with resin like consistency. It is commonly used as a base for perfume and other fragrances.
Myrrh essential oilâ€™s benefits are numerous: it has very potent antioxidant properties and can help cope with diabetes due to the fact that helps regulate sugar levels in the blood; it has anti-cancer properties, it is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-parasitic and also contributes to relaxation and skin health.
Ref. Preliminary study of therapeutic efficacy of a new fasciolicidal drug derived from Commiphora moll(myrrh).Volume 40, Issues 6â€“8, Juneâ€“August 2002, Pages 471-478.Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 5(8), pp. 1382-1389, 18 April, 2011 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/JMPR ISSN 1996-0875 ©2011 Academic Journals. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry