- as a fragrance
- for embalming
- to flavor food products
This Medical News Today article provides details on myrrh's potential health benefits as well as some possible side effects and precautions.
The essential oil has been part of medical practice in traditional therapies for millennia.
The word myrrh comes from the Arabic word "murr" which translates into "bitter".
In Ancient Egypt, myrrh was used to treat hay fever and herpes. The ancient Greeks used it as an antiseptic for soldiers to clean up battle wounds - myrrh was commonly carried into the battlefield.
Myrrh is mentioned in the New Testament as one of the three gifts the three wise men brought to Jesus when he was born (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh).
- for its potential therapeutic properties.