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Myrrh has been used since biblical times as a perfume, an antiseptic, and in traditional medicine. Today, myrrh may be used to heal sores, limit infections and bacteria, and reduce swelling.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Motherlove uses myrrh gum as an ingredient for our Diaper Balm due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Aside from being a powerful sanitizing agent, it is also gentle on delicate skin — making it beneficial for infant's bottoms!
Today, scientists are testing myrrh to treat wounds and infections. In some test-tube studies, myrrh was found to gradually heal wounds and kill microbes that would have infected open wounds.
What It Looks Like: Myrrh trees are found on the rocky hills of Ethiopia, Arabia, and Somalia. Myrrh is a thorny, flowering tree that seeps fluid from its resin ducts. When dried, the gum of the myrrh tree appears like amber-colored crystalline rocks.
Things to Know: Motherlove’s Diaper Balm is for external use only.