Myrrh oil is a holy oil mentioned throughout the Bible, but did you know it has natural medicinal properties? Extracted from the thorny tree native to Africa and Asia, myrrh is a powerful antibacterial that can fight serious illnesses such as Lyme disease. Myrrh is also used as a mouthwash to treat the pain associated with oral infections and possibly even gingivitis. Some also use myrrh oil to treat skin infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. Since myrrh has anti-inflammatory properties, it can also combat back and joint pain.
- For a long time, myrrh has been used to treat oral infections and inflammations and is even an ingredient in toothpaste because of its antimicrobial properties.
- A study involving people with Behcet’s disease showed that when they had myrrh mouthwash to treat painful mouth sores, 50% of them had complete pain relief.
- Although myrrh oral care products are being used increasingly, it must be kept in mind that one should never swallow them.
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“Myrrh oil contains plant compounds that may temporarily relieve pain by signalling your brain that you’re not in pain.”