DefinitionMyrrh is a type of scented resin, which stems from different species of African and Arab trees, but for essential oil production mainly uses Commiphora myrrha.
Health BenefitsIn the past, it has usually been used as an ingredient of perfumes and embalming fluids, but today it could begin to be used as a supplement for cholesterol lowering. Myrrh or an aromatic resin pitch is the color of rust. Anyway, myrrh is best known as a small gift which Jesus got after his birth together with gold and incense, from one of the Epiphanies King. In one study published in the journal “International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health” researcher Nadia Saleh Al-Amoudi said that using myrrh essential oil for some time as a remedy for sore throats, poor digestion, and cuts and burns gives noticeable effects. During another research Myrrh was given to albino rats, which led to decreasing of their "bad" cholesterol level, while level of "good" cholesterol rose. That is why Myrrh could become a new weapon in the fight against cholesterol.Myrrh essential oil is considered as an active ingredient that has anti-inflammatory effect and mucosal healing property. Also it acts as bactericidal and fungicidal.It is known that Myrrh has skin astringent and soothing properties, purifying and regenerating it.Myrrh is substance which medicinal properties are for centuries known in Ayurveda traditional medicine. Sterols from myrrh have a positive impact on the work of the thyroid gland and its hormone balancing.Also it is known that Myrrh essential oil is used in aromatherapy due to its sedative properties that may even alleviate the consequences of depression. In addition, Myrrh strengthens the immune system and body resistance to infection. It increases blood circulation in order to provide the necessary amount of oxygen for the normal functioning of all bodily organs.
Myrrh Fights CancerOne of the ingredients of myrrh could soon start to be used as a cure for cancer. Featured myrrh extract was tested in the laboratory, where it successfully destroyed the breast cancer cells that were resistant to drug therapy. The scientists from Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States, establishing these results says that myrrh act in the manner that prevents the production of Bcl-2 protein, which stimulates the growth of cancer cells.Further research noted that active ingredient of myrrh has had the same effect on prostate cancer, where it is assumed that, in addition to taking drugs, could also have a preventive function. However, such findings, tested on isolated cancer cells, should be confirmed by tests on living beings (animals and humans). A team of scientists who published these results think that producing a drug for oral use could happen in 5 to 10 years.