Myrrh, Commiphora myrrha, is a reddish-brown dried sap-like substance (gum-resin) extracted from cuts in the bark of a number of small, shrub-like, thorny trees native to northeastern Africa and southwest Asia. The resin can be crushed into a powder, used as pebble-like chunks, or distilled into an essential oil.
Myrrh has been used as a cleansing and purifying agent for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.
Today, because of its antiseptic, disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory properties, myrrh is used topically for cuts, scrapes, scratches, and abrasions.
Its antifungal properties help fight diaper rash naturally. Since myrrh helps prevent tissue degeneration, it helps heal wounds and dry, cracked areas of the skin. Myrrh is often used for its rejuvenating properties on mature skin.