Plants of The Bible (Myrrh)

Myrrh comes from a stiff-branched thorny tree, which bears white flowers and a plum-sized fruit. In the Bible, it was used in the anointing oil of the Tabernacle, and in embalming the dead. During that time, it was also used as a spice or a medicine.

And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.” (John 19:39-40)

As the wise men worshiped the baby Jesus they presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Just as myrrh is associated with the birth of the Christ, so is it also associated with His death. When Joseph of Arimathea gained permission from Pilate to take the body of Jesus from the cross and bury Him in Joseph’s new garden tomb, Nicodemus also wanted to share a love gift. He brought a generous supply of spices featuring myrrh to use in embalming Jesus’ Body

Botanical Name

Commiphora Myrrha

English

Myrrh

Amharic

ክርቢ ke’erbie

Origin

ኢትዮጵያ – Ethiopia

M

Properties

Neutral, Bitter, Draining

Main actions

uickens the blood, breaks stasis

Secondary actions

disperses swellings, stops pain

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