Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is a resin of the cut bark of Commiphora molmol, a shrub native to the eastern Mediterranean area and Somalia. The plant, which grows up to 9 feet high, has a thick trunk and numerous irregular knotted branches. The pale yellow resin that oozes from a wound in the bark dries to a reddish brown mass about the size of a walnut. It has disinfectant properties, and acts as an astringent, tightening and drying the tissues. Myrrh is a member of the Burseraceae family and has been since throughout history. The volatile oil and mucilage in myrrh demonstrate antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities.
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Cautions Topically, dermatitis has been reported with use of myrrh.