Myrrh (Myrrha)

Published October 15, 1987.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Myrrha, myrrh [Somalian myrrh].

Composition of Drug

Myrrh consists of oleo-gum resin extruded from the stems of Commiphora molmol Engler [Fam. Burseraceae], then air-dried, as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

Myrrh can also originate from other Commiphora species, if the chemical composition is comparable to the official drug.


Topical treatment of mild inflammations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Myrrh tincture:
Dab 2 - 3 times daily with undiluted tincture; As a rinse or gargle:
5 - 10 drops in a glass of water. In dental powders:
10 percent of powdered resin. Mode of Administration Powdered resin, myrrh tincture and other galenical preparations for topical use.