MYRRH: “Thoroughly Modern Mouthwash”

Mouthwash, Soothes Sore Gums, Toothpaste

Also Known As: Balsamodendron


The Bible tells us that Joseph’s jealous brothers wanted to dispose of him. They plotted and schemed on how to do just that. In Genesis 37:25, the Scripture quotes: “And looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm and myrrh on their way to carry it down to Egypt.” The brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites. Myrrh eventually became an all purpose Biblical aromatic for perfumes, funerals and insect repellents. Today, it is used to repel tooth decay and gum disease. It is also used as a mouthwash.


  • Infusion:

Add 1 teaspoon of the powdered herb to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink up to 2 cups daily. It will taste bitter, so add sugar, honey and lemon for taste.

  • Mouthwash:

Steep 1 teaspoon of the powdered herb and 1 teaspoon of boric acid in a pint of boiling water. Let it stand for 30 minutes. Strain and drink it cool.

  • Tincture:

Add 1/4 to 1 teaspoon and take no more than 3 times a day.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Myrrh is actually resin from the shrub Commiphora, which originates from the Middle East and northern Africa. Full sun is required and well drained sandy soil. Plant the shrub 1 foot in depth with spacings 2 feet in width. Water 2 to 3 times a month for 5 to 10 minutes. In 24 to 36 months, cut about 1 inch of the bark. Let it dry and collect the resin, which is the actual myrrh. Shrubs can grow up to 12 feet in height.


Myrrh is on the FDA’s list as an herb generally regarded as safe to use.