Commiphora abyssinica or C. myrrha

Family: Burseraceae (Torchwood family)

Deities: Obatala, Apollo, Isis, Lugh

Element: Fire

In the same family as another highly prized spiritual plant, balm of gilead, Myrrh has been used to bless and purify by many cultures for many centuries.

Medicinal Uses: The most common medicinal use for myrrh is for oral hygiene. The tannins in myrrh along with its antibiotic properties make this resin an excellent mouthwash for fighting gingivitis and gum disease. For this reason, myrrh is found in natural brands of toothpaste. There has been research showing myrrh may decrease heart disease by reducing cholesterol and reducing blood clots. Myrrh is a stimulant and expectorant.

Spiritual Uses: Myrrh increases spiritual vibrations when burned as an incense. Commonly, myrrh is burned with frankincense and/or other resins for a strong blessing and purifying energy. Myrrh can also help with meditation and is added to healing mixtures.

Myrrh comes from a large bush that grows in Middle East and Eastern Africa. The resin drips from cuts in the bark and hardens to form the familiar tears.