How is it made?
Myrrh is an aromatic resin obtained from the Commiphora myrrha tree. Typically, small incisions are made in the bark from which resin seeps and hardens. This resin is then collected.
What is it used for?
Myrrh has a rich and varied history of use. Native to northeast Africa and the Middle East, myrrh has been used medicinally, ceremonially, and even as money by the Romans who valued it as much as gold. It has a strongly earthen aroma that has an amazing ability to mask other odors (which is why it was popular in Egyptian burial ceremonies). It has been used to anoint royalty and sanctify spaces. Medicinally, it has strong antiseptic qualities which make it particularly useful as a mouthwash and for oral infections. It has a coating, yet astringent character that makes it soothing for a sore throat.
The Ebers papyrus, one of the oldest and most important medical texts from ancient Egypt documents the use of myrrh for a variety of ailments including burns, diarrhea, headaches, and more. Storage Considerations Keep myrrh is a closed container out of direct sunlight.
None known, but if using internally, one should seek the assistance of a qualified health professional.