Description: This is a soft water soluble myrrh resin harvested from the tree, commiphora mukul. It is of great importance in Ayurvedic medicine as a rejuvenative ingredient. The resin is collected from cut branches and incisions in the trunk of the tree and dried to a solid.
Synonyms: Common myrrh, bdellium, guggulu, guggu
Parts Used: oleo gum resin
Aroma Description: warm, earthy, balsamic, bitter, sweet, slightly spicy, pungent, hint of vanilla
Cosmetic Uses: used in perfumery, aromatherapy; shampoos, skin creams, lotions, etc.
Culinary Uses: no modern uses known
Medicinal Attributes: astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulant and strong painkilling properties. Found in Chinese medical texts since AD600 and extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine. Recently found to contain unique saponins, known as guggulipid, which lower cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory effects for treating arthritis.
Used since early history to treat wounds, bronchial and digestive disorders, gum disease, throat infections, candida, menstrual and circulatory problems, etc.
Element Association: Water
Planetary Association: Moon
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam and hydro distilled. A resinoid is also made through alcohol and/or solvent extraction.
Mixes Well With: benzoin, calamus, cassia, cinnamon, cloves, dammar, dragon's blood, elemi, frankincense, galangal, galbanum, iris root, lavender, myrrh, oakmoss, onycha, opoponax, rose, sandarac, spikenard, star anise, storax, etc.
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