Myrrh can kill bacteria and help to reduce inflammation and swelling, states WebMD. Myrrh may also be useful as an antiseptic or antispasmodic, to stimulate menstruation or as part of a treatment for cancer and other infectious diseases, notes Drugs.com. When applied to inflamed sores in the throat or mouth, myrrh may act as an antiseptic. It is possible that myrrh may be useful in the treatment of schistosomiasis and fascioliasis, but research is still ongoing, as of 2015.
People use myrrh to treat syphilis, leprosy, spasms and pain due to arthritis, according to WebMD. It may also treat or prevent indigestion, lung congestion, asthma and coughs as well as colds and ulcers. When applied to the mouth, myrrh may treat gingivitis, canker sores, loose teeth and unpleasant breath. It may also relieve chapped lips. Some people use myrrh as a stimulant.
Myrrh flavors foods and drinks and adds its scent to cosmetics, notes Drugs.com. In addition to using it as an astringent or antiseptic, people have used myrrh as an antiparasitic, antitussive, emmenagogue and antispasmodic agent. In the past, people have used myrrh to treat indigestion, fatigue, paralysis and throat ailments as well as gout, headache and jaundice. In ancient times, people used myrrh to treat wounds, sepsis and worms.