Botanical Name: Balsamodendron myrrha
- English: African Myrrh, Arabian Myrrh, Balsamodendron Myrrha
- Ayurvedic: Bola, Hiraabola, Surasa, Barbara, Gandharasa
- Unani: Murmakki, Bol
- Also, known as: Gummi Myrrha, Abyssinian myrrh, arbre à myrrhe, bal, barakande, bisabol myrrh, bol, bola, dashi ‘biskiti, gandharsh, guban myrrh, habaq-hagar-ad, heerbol, heerabol myrrh, hirabol myrrh, Männliche myrrhe, mbebe, mbele, mo yao, morr, morrh, mur, murr, myrr, myrrh, Myrrhenbaum, myrrha, molmol,myrrhe des somalis, ogo myrrh, turari, Somali myrrh, Diddin, Didin, Male Myrrh, Malmal, Mohmol, Molmol, Murr, Myrrh, Somali Myrrh, Yemen Myrrh, Molmol, Mirra, Morr, Didin, Didthin, Bowl, Vellaibolam, Commiphora Myrrha, var. Aceite de palo, African Myrrh, Bal, Balasmodendron, Balsam copaiba, Bdellium, Bol, Bola, Bowl, Burseraceae, B samo de copayba, Cobeni, Commiphora Molmol, Commiphora Myrrha, Copaiba, Copaipera, Cupayba, Copauba, Copal, Copaiva, Copaiba-verdadeira, Copaibeura-de-Minas, Didin, Didthin, Guggal Resin, Gum Myrrh, Heerabol, Jesuit's balsam, Matidisguate, Matisihuati, Mal-dos-sete-dias, Mirra, Molmol, Morr, Mo Yao, Myrrh, Opopanax, Pau-de-oleo, Somali Myrrh
Habitat: Arabia, Somaliland
Parts Used: The oleo-gum-resin from the stem
Myrrh is native to Africa and Asia. The tree grows to a height of about 9 to 15 feet and has yellow-red flowers followed by small fruits. In ancient times, myrrh was highly prized and more widely used than any other aromatic oil in perfumes, anointing oils, incense, ointments, medicines, and for embalming purposes.
The characteristic is rounded or irregular tears or lumps of agglutinated tears of variable sizes. The color is brownish-yellow to reddish-brown or almost black. The surface is mostly covered with a greyish or yellowish powder. The internal surface is yellowish or reddish-brown, sometimes marked with white spots or lines; brittle; fracture, waxy, granular, conchoidal and yields thin translucent fragments.
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