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Essential Ingredients: ​Myrrh-y Christmas and A Healthy New You!

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Myrrh-y Christmas and A Healthy New You!

“Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.”
— Esther 2:12

Come Christmastime, perhaps there are no other gifts more widely-known than gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Among the three, myrrh is as sought-after as the other two. Civilizations such as the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans have all been using myrrh since ancient times. Until now, it is still being widely used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. But did you know that aside from being presented as a gift to the Baby Jesus by one of the Magi, myrrh has so many health benefits most people may not know of?

First of all, myrrh is known to kill bacteria. As early as ancient Egypt, people have been using myrrh to embalm mummies because of its ability to slow down decay. In Biblical times, myrrh was burned as incense to purify the air and prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Today, the same practice has been proven to reduce airborne bacteria by 68% according to PubMed Central. Like hitting two birds with one stone, myrrh also stimulates the immune system, thus, creating more white blood cells, which in turn, kill more bacteria. This miraculous oil is most commonly used for treating the common cold, respiratory diseases, sore throat, ear infections, and swollen lymph nodes. But perhaps best of all is that it also kills Lyme disease bacteria.

Myrrh is also good for the gums. It is usually used to treat oral infections, inflammations, and even fights gingivitis. Better yet, in an American Journal by Jamal Albishri, myrrh proved highly effective against oral ulcers and Behcet's disease, with 50% of the patients experiencing pain relief and 19% claiming complete healing. While the FDA has approved myrrh as a common flavoring for mouthwashes and toothpaste, they still highly advise against taking it in high doses as it can be toxic.

Myrrh is good for the gut as well. This essential oil is used to treat a variety of stomach issues. These include but are not limited to the following: intestinal spasms, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, indigestion, and even Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Myrrh has anti-inflammatory properties. This substance can interact with opioid receptors in your brain that tell it you're not in pain. Moreover, according to PubMed central, myrrh can block the production of inflammatory chemicals that can lead to swelling and pain. In a medical journal by Leonardo Scarzella published in Edizioni Minerva Medica in 2016, headache-prone patients experienced a significant reduction of their headaches by 66%.

Myrrh is good for the skin. This should not come as a surprise since women as early as in the Bible, have been using myrrh for beautification. One popular example, Esther, was chosen to be the queen of the Persian king, Ahasuerus, precisely for her beauty, thanks to myrrh! People have been using myrrh to soothe chapped and cracked skin, as an anti-aging agent, for skin rejuvenation, and to treat for stretch marks and eczema. It is no wonder why it is contained in many natural ointments and soaps. Today, myrrh is still used because of its ability to kills skin fungi such as athlete's foot and ringworm, and to treat vitiligo (a skin condition where patches of skin lose pigmentation).

Best of all, myrrh slows the growth of cancer cells. Research suggests that myrrh may help kill or slow the growth of cancer cells from the liver, prostate, breast, and skin. Also, it can reduce the replication of human cancer cells, inhibiting gynecological, skin, and breast cancers.

From its benefits for the gums, gut, and skin to its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammation, and anti-cancer properties, myrrh has proven itself to be magical. And just as old as the retelling of the Nativity, myrrh has stood the test of time. As we are reminded of it together with the other two Gifts of the Magi this Christmas, ask yourself why it was presented to the prophesied Messiah and consider using it for its beauty and health benefits that befit kings and queens.



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