Wise Men Gave the Gift of Myrrh

Health Benefits of Myrrh

When the Magi (wise men) brought gold, frankincense, and the gift of myrrh, they knew that they were bringing not only valuable gifts but also powerful healing agents. Myrrh has been a gift of choice in many cultures since ancient times. This gift of myrrh is said to have originated in the Middle East and has been used for centuries for both physical and spiritual purposes. In Ancient Egyptian society, it was believed that myrrh possessed powerful healing properties and was even used as a form of currency. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, myrrh is believed to be one of the most powerful essential oils and an important component in aromatherapy.

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Today, myrrh’s use continues to extend far beyond religious ceremonies and rituals. Modern research shows how the oil derived from this gift of Myrrh can help fight bacteria and reduce inflammation in the body when applied topically or inhaled as aromatherapy. Myrrh has also been used to treat infections, minor wounds and skin irritations, and even reduce stress.

At Dr. Christina Blanchard-Horan’s practice, she uses the gift of myrrh in her transformative ayurvedic medicine practice to bring about physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Whether you’re a believer or not in its healing powers, the gift of myrrh is something that can be appreciated today in all its forms – from an ancient gift to modern-day medicine.

What most don’t know is that myrrh was known as “Mother Nature’s painkiller.” Ir has a wide range of applications. What are some of the health benefits of myrrh according to science?

Myrrh is Mother Nature’s painkiller

 

 

Disinfecting the Air with Myrrh

Even in Biblical times, myrrh incense was burned in places of worship to help purify the air and prevent the spread of contagious diseases. It is another of the many gifts of myrrh. It has disinfecting characteristics. This is why Myrrh incense was often used in combination with frankincense in closed church spaces.  Today myrrh is used to purify the air during spiritual ceremonies to remove negative energy. Some research shows that burning myrrh incense may be effective against bacteria-caused diseases. Here are some key ways Myrrh can help improve your overall health and well-being. This can be combined with health or transformation coaching to help implement and keep you motivated:

• Disinfecting the Air: Use myrrh incense to reduce airborne bacterial counts by up to 68%

• Fighting Bacteria: Studies have shown how myrrh fights bacteria making it an effective remedy for bacterial-caused diseases

• Pain Relief and Relaxation: Myrrh is known to help with pain relief and relaxation, making it a gift of Mother Nature’s powerful healing agents

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) uses oils and herbs to treat wellness. You can start to incorporate CAM into your life for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Blood Sugar and Myrrh

Although there is limited evidence to support using myrrh as a dietary supplement, it can effectively control blood sugar levels. According to WebMD, using myrrh alongside diabetes medications could lead to low blood sugar levels, meaning people should monitor their glucose levels closely when using it. Furthermore, using myrrh may even be able to help regulate menstrual cycles by stimulating uterine bleeding and thus help start someone’s period.

Surgery: Since myrrh might affect blood glucose levels, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood glucose control during and after surgery. Stop using myrrh at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

While using too much of any herb can result in side effects like nausea or vomiting due to a drug-herb interaction, using Myrrh for its intended purpose can improve one’s overall health and well-being with relatively few risks. To reap the full rewards of using Myrrh for health purposes, consulting a doctor or herbalist is recommended before making any decisions on incorporating this powerful natural remedy into your routine. It’s also important to remember that taking synthetic drugs along with natural remedies may be detrimental as some herbs may act like drugs themselves.

Myrrh might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking myrrh along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

aromatherapy row of oils in natural vessels and spices and herbs in each bottle.

Bottles of essential oil or infusion of herbs and berries – monarda bergamot, mint, calendula, sage, oregano, and other healing plants

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the potential health benefits of using Myrrh?

A: Myrrh has been used for centuries in spiritual and medicinal practices around the world. It has been used to treat illnesses and cleanse wounds, and could potentially have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce swelling and joint pain associated with chronic illnesses such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. In addition, using myrrh could potentially lower cholesterol levels, fight infection due to its antimicrobial properties, and aid digestion by stimulating the production of bile salts which are necessary for proper digestion.

Q: How does Myrrh help with diabetes and menstrual issues?

A: According to WebMD, using myrrh can potentially decrease blood sugar levels, which is why it should be taken carefully if you are using diabetes medications. Additionally, using myrrh may stimulate uterine bleeding, so it should be used with caution for those who have a uterine bleeding condition.

Q: What is the evidence to suggest that using Myrrh can improve overall health and well-being?

A: The evidence to suggest that using myrrh can improve overall health and well-being is mixed. Although WebMD states that there is insufficient evidence to support this claim, a recent study found that burning myrrh and frankincense incense reduced airborne bacterial counts by 68%. This reduction could lead to fewer respiratory illnesses. Additionally, using myrrh may also reduce inflammation, fight infection, lower cholesterol levels, and aid digestion – all of which may contribute to improved overall health outcomes.

Q: Are there any risks associated with using this natural remedy?

A: As with any herb or supplement, it’s important to consult your doctor before using myrrh medicinally so you know how much is safe for you and what other medications might interact negatively with this powerful plant extract. Additionally, taking synthetic drugs along with natural remedies may be detrimental as some herbs may act like drugs themselves, so this should be taken into consideration when using myrfh medicinally.

Q: Is it safe to take myrrh along with synthetic drugs?

A: Taking synthetic drugs along with natural remedies may be detrimental as some herbs may act like drugs themselves; therefore it’s important to discuss taking myrrh in combination with synthetic drugs with your doctor beforehand so they can monitor your progress while using both treatments together. Additionally, if you are on any type of medication for diabetes specifically then taking Myrrh alongside these medications might cause your blood sugar levels to go too low – so monitoring your blood sugar closely will be necessary when using this combination therapy.

Menstruation and Myrrh

You may also want to regulate your menstrual cycle with myrrh. WebMD says:

Myrrh seems to be able to stimulate uterine bleeding, which is why some people use it to start their menstrual periods. If you have a uterine bleeding condition, use myrrh with caution, since it might make this condition worse.

In addition to helping with diabetes and menstrual issues, researchers believe that Myrrh could also have anti-inflammatory properties which may help reduce swelling and joint pain associated with chronic illnesses such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Other potential benefits include lowering cholesterol levels, fighting infection through its antimicrobial properties, and aiding digestion by stimulating the production of bile salts which are necessary for the proper digestion of food.

Myrrh for Cleansing

Studies in laboratory conditions have uncovered that myrrh oil could prove to be a powerful weapon against infection-causing bacteria, even those which are resistant to current antibiotics.  In fact, many cultures across the world have used myrrh for centuries both spiritually and medicinally; from using it to cleanse wounds and treat illnesses to using it ceremonially as part of prayers or rituals in various spiritual practices around the globe. So when you’re looking for an effective way to improve your health without resorting solely to synthetic drugs then perhaps considering Myrhh might be just what you need!

Overall, using this natural remedy can demonstrate the many potential health benefits of myrrh. It has been used for centuries in spiritual and medicinal practices around the world to treat illnesses and cleanse wounds. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties which may help reduce swelling, it could also potentially lower cholesterol levels and fight infection due to its antimicrobial effects. As with any herb or supplement, it’s important to consult your doctor before using myrrh medicinally so you know how much is safe for you and what other medications might interact negatively with this powerful plant extract. With that said, using Myrhh wisely may be an effective way of improving your overall health without resorting solely to synthetic drugs!

 

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