Mukul myrrh tree

Scientific name of Mukul myrrh tree: Commiphora wightii

Name of Mukul myrrh tree in different languages:-

English:  guggul, gugal

Sanskrit: guggul

Hindi: Mukul

Malayalam: Guggulu ഗുൽഗുലു

 


Plant description of Mukul myrrh tree or Guggul  

Commiphora myrrha, commonly known as myrrh, is a resinous substance derived from the Commiphora myrrha tree, which belongs to the Burseraceae family. It is native to the Arabian Peninsula and parts of Africa, particularly Somalia, Ethiopia, and Yemen. Myrrh has been valued for its medicinal, religious, and cosmetic purposes for centuries.

The myrrh tree grows in arid and semi-arid regions and has a knotted trunk with spiny branches. When the tree is wounded, it exudes a sticky, yellowish-brown resin, which is collected and dried to form myrrh resin.

In ancient times, myrrh was highly prized and used in various cultures for its medicinal properties. In traditional medicine systems such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and ancient Egyptian medicine, myrrh was used to treat a wide range of ailments. It was believed to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties, making it useful for treating wounds, infections, digestive issues, and respiratory problems.

Myrrh has also been used in religious ceremonies and rituals throughout history. It was one of the gifts presented to the infant Jesus in the New Testament, symbolizing its value and significance. In ancient Egypt, myrrh was used in the embalming process and as an offering to the gods.

In modern times, myrrh continues to be used in various forms, including essential oils, tinctures, and herbal preparations. It is often used in aromatherapy, skincare products, and oral hygiene products due to its pleasant aroma and potential health benefits.

While myrrh is generally considered safe when used in appropriate doses, excessive consumption may lead to adverse effects. It’s essential to use myrrh under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Useful plant parts:

Resin

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulated
 oval  Recticulate

Medicinal uses:

Obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and sciatica,

Chemical content:

Guggulsterone

How to prepare medicines:

It is  one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:-

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