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       Myrrh is burned for its aromatic properties and also used as a form of alternative medicine. It has been prized for hundreds of thousands of years, dating back even to the ancient Egyptians, who made a mixture out of it. It's been used in traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, western medicine, but also in Christianity too! How can it possibly be medicine though if it's just a resin from a plant? Phytochemistry is the study behind the pharmacological constituents that plants such as this create. It is in essence, the proof that they do have therapeutic potential. In this blog we'll look at the science, the history, lore, and how Myrrh is depicted in the Holy Bible.


Please note that there is such a thing as consuming too much of this stuff. It doesn't have an endless limit. In the book of Exodus, the LORD himself tells Moses how to make a holy anointing oil out of Exodus, and encourages him to use it! This website is all about educating people on how to use ethnobotanicals in a biblical context, and uses the bible as a moral doctrine on the use of ethnobotanical plants in herbalism. Let's look at the scripture; Exodus 30:22 - 30:29: Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, "Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy."


Before I go into more detail on the historic applications of Myrrh as medicine and offering to baby Jesus, let me share with you my personal experiences with it. Sense its use has such a vast documented history, I decided that it was more than worth checking out. When I first decided to try it, I took a few pebbles, probably weighing in at less than 2 grams, and placed them in a plastic bag. I then took them outside and crushed them with a hammer. The chunks I picked out were the most visually pleasing, being brighter in color. I poured them in my mouth and washed them down with water. 20-30 minutes later my body began to feel like cotton candy with a slight elevation in mood, coupled with a distinct calmness. My pain was gone.


It's said to possess rheumatic relief, and properties which induce relief for arthritic conditions. Based on what I experienced, I believe it. My sources, as listed at the bottom of the page, also indicate its historic reputation for dealing with circulatory problems, and for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, and uterine tumors. In western medicine it's prized as an antiseptic in mouthwashes, gargles, and toothpastes. It has a very powerful aroma with a bitter taste that I find tolerable. The scent of its burning smoke is sweet and almost perfume-like in nature. Ayurvedic medicine utilized it when kidney dysfunction or stomach pain is apparent. It's pretty tough stuff, and some prefer to buy it powdered.. It can be crushed with a hammer, yet a typical grinder won't really do the trick without possibly damaging the device. A blender should work fine.


It's actually easily soluble in water but you should be careful not to consume too much. It has mild pain relieving properties also. In fact, studies have shown that it effects opioid receptors. Opioid receptors are what enable opiate-based compounds to produce the effects that they do. They literally turn down the volume on our perception of pain. It seems that our bodies and minds are literally designed to pick up on these compounds. Now that is what I call symbiosis. Like Frankincesne, I also believe that it has the ability to induce a mild entheogenic experience as I have used it and noticed very relaxing and euphoric effects.

Precautions

Precautions: Don't consume too much Myrrh because a sufficient dosage can be poisonous. Talk with your doctor before considering use. Check pages like webmd for information on interactions and other precautions. Know what you're dealing with in all ways at all times.


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Bible Stories That Mention Myrrh:


A Jezebel-spirited woman uses a recipe of Aloe, Myrrh and Cinnamon to seduce a man. ( Scroll down until you see the story ) You can find it in Proverbs 7:12-27. It's also mentioned throughout The Holy Bible as currency, or for barter I guess you would say. It seems Myrrh was as good as money in many instances, according to scripture. Also we see that the Egyptians used it, making it quite popular in Mesopotamia in general. This makes its Biblical ethnobotany very rich. It also means that it was a very commonly used item in the early days of human civilization! I am in the works of adding new content to old pages here on Herbalism.blog ( botanicalguides.com ) centered around plants and their mention in sacred religious text from the Christian, and other faiths not previously touched on this website.


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