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Myrrh Gum
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Commiphora molmol

myrrh

plant overview
aromatic, amber-toned myrrh

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. These qualities make myrrh a popular incense ingredient, alone or in combination with other herbs and resins. Ground myrrh resin is traditionally used to prepare salves and other topical formulations. It is also found in natural dental preparations, such as tooth powders and mouth washes.

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Myrrh gum
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information

description
Myrrh is not actually a plant but rather a plant product, one of the oldest plant products still in active use. One of the trees that produce myrrh, Commiphora molmol, when slit with a knife, exudes a gummy white resinous sap that hardens quickly in the sun. This hardened sap is myrrh.

The myrrh tree is a squat, shrubby, and thorny tree of the Burseraceae family.

The trees that yield resin do not grow more than 9 feet in height, but they are of a sturdy build. They have knotted branches with branchlets that stand out at right-angles, ending in a sharp spine. The trifoliate leaves are scanty, small and very unequal, oval and entire.

There are ducts in the bark, and the tissue between them breaks down, forming large cavities, which, with the remaining ducts, becomes filled with a granular secretion which is freely discharged when the bark is wounded, or from natural fissures. It flows as a pale yellow liquid, but hardens to a reddish-brown mass, being found in commerce in tears of many sizes, the average being that of a walnut. The surface is rough and powdered, and the pieces are brittle, with a granular fracture, semi-transparent, oily, and often show whitish marks. The odor and taste are aromatic, the latter also acrid and bitter.

common names & nomenclature
The word myrrh is derived from the Aramaic word murr, meaning "was bitter".

Also known as:
myrrh, myrrh gum, common myrrh, commiphora myrrha


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for myrrh

The tree that produces myrrh is native to the Arabian peninsula (Oman, Yemen) and to Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Northeast Kenya).

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting myrrh

climate
Myrrh trees like to grow in hot rocky locations, particularly limestone hills in full sun.

soil
Prefers well-drained sandy soil.

growing
Sow seeds indoors in a greenhouse after the seeds have been stratified. Germination is unpredictable. When the seedlings are large enough, transplant them out into larger pots and eventually into the garden.

harvesting
When the tree is mature, cuts are made into the bark and the sap is allowed to flow out and harden for 2 weeks. Remove the resin “tears” and allow to fully harden over 12 weeks or so. Can be stored as myrhh gum pieces or myrrh gum powder.

preserving
Store myrhh gum pieces and myrrh gum powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

04.
The Rest of the Story
myrrh history, folklore, literature & more

mystical myrrh
When you hear the word myrrh, you probably can think of its reference in the Bible. It is famous for being one of the gifts brought to the baby Jesus by one of the Wise Men. But have you ever wondered why this was so valuable a gift?

While myrrh has been around since ancient times and even makes an appearance in the ancient text of the Bible, it’s a modern herb that’s still in use today. If you’re suffering from any type of bed sore or pressure sore, you’ll find myrrh particularly helpful.

The Bible tells us that when Joseph's jealous brothers decided to dispose of him, they plotted and schemed. How could they get rid of this unwanted rival for their father's affection without actually murdering him? The answer soon appeared on the horizon. "And looking up, they saw a caravan of their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh on their way to carry it down to Egypt" (Genesis 37:25). They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites.

This is just the first of a dozen biblical references to the hardened, tear shaped clots of clear or reddish brown aromatic resin that exude from incisions in the bark of a small Middle Eastern tree.

First used by the ancient Egyptians in embalming mixtures, myrrh became the all-purpose biblical aromatic for perfumes, funerals, and insect repellents. Today it may help to repel tooth decay and gum disease.

mythological origins
The Greeks traced myrrh's teardrop shape to Myrrha, daughter of the Syrian king Thesis. Myrrha, refused to worship Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Angered by this blasphemy, Aphrodite tricked her into committing incest with her father. When Thesis realized what he had done, he threatened to kill his daughter. To save her, the gods transformed her into a myrrh tree, whose teardrop resin recalls the girl's sorrow.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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