Myrrh is traditionally used as burned incense which repels fleas and mosquitoes.
Thought to be effective for pain relief, including menstrual pain resulting from blood stagnation.
Powdered myrrh is used in Germany to treat throat and mouth inflammation.
It is also used on external injuries to reduce swelling. Applied directly to teeth, it can also help ease the pain of a toothache.
It is also believed that the use of myrrh promotes healing, making it a popular ingredient in veterinary salves.
It is thought to be a good herb to reduce cholesterol levels, though clinical studies are thus far inconclusive.
Mixed with boric acid and boiling water, myrrh can be used as a gargle for oral inflammation, a sore throat, and gum issues.
Myrrh gargles may also be beneficial in other mouth and throat diseases such as strep throat.
Internally, it has been used as an expectorant and to relieve gastric distress. Additionally, it is used to soothe or relax smooth muscle tissue.
Research is currently underway to confirm possible cancer-fighting properties in myrrh.
Myrrh has antimicrobial properties and is used internally to stimulate macrophage action in the bloodstream.