—This is a resinous gum which exudes from a small tree belonging to the natural order Terebinthaceae. Its classical name is Balsamodendron Myrrhae. Though mentioned in Scripture, Gen. xxxvii. 25, so early, yet very little is yet known of the production. At that early period it was probably known as an antiseptic, and was used in embalming. The tree from which it is thought to exude is a native of Arabia, Abyssinia, and the countries on the shores of the Red Sea.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Myrrh:

—It is antiseptic, and possesses tonic, antispasmodic, and stimulant, and expectorant properties. It acts upon the mucous membrane as a balsamic, checking excessive secretions. It is advantageously administered in indigestion, old coughs, in green sickness, chronic asthma, and the latter stages of consumption; and it should be given in small doses in the incipient stages. The gum, with a small quantity of aloes, and a minute portion of ginger, should be made into pills, and taken occasionally. Where the bowels are relaxed, the aloes and ginger must be omitted. It has been found very beneficial for coughs peculiar to pregnancy, or coughs after abortion, and in bronchitis. On account of its antiseptic properties, it is excellent for ulcerated lungs; dose, from eight to fifteen grains twice or thrice a day. If hectic fever prevails, combine with the gum Myrrh a little nitre or cream of tartar. The Tincture of Myrrh is one of the most agreeable washes in affections of the mouth. Half an ounce of Tincture to half a pint of water, and a few drops upon the tooth-brush, is a most excellent mode of cleansing the teeth, especially if the gums are weak or spongy. It is still more efficacious if combined with Tincture of Catechu; this is also a first-rate gargle for sore throat and elongated uvula, or soft part of the palate. The Tincture of Myrrh, Tincture of Catechu, to which is added, Calcined Alum, is a cure and a preventive of toothache. It may be diluted with water.
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