Myrrh- An Ancient Ingredient For Allergy Treatment
on January 26, 2010
Posted in Cats
A long time ago, three very smart humans supposedly brought some very special stuff to a certain special someone. That kid was the lucky recipient of the most valuable goods of the times: gold, frankincence, and myrrh.
Photo Credit: sonya
Gold was obvious, since a kids need more than just a wooden-leg up in the world – they wanted to give him every opportunity to make it! Frankincense makes sense too, to ward off evil spirits and bad energies – c’mon, you’ve all seen Frankenstein, right? And Myrrh, well this cure-all healing herb was the best anti-inflammatory around – perfect for a newborn’s allergies, of course! That poor babe was brought into the world surrounded by animals and hay – prime breeding ground for asthmatic conditions and respiratory ailments. Of course those wise men brought that kid some immune-enhancing stuff! It just so happens that we animals are affected by allergies too – and when we have a reaction, we need help.
Allergic Symptoms In Animals
Animals get allergies just like humans – we just don’t always show ours the same way.
Some symptoms that show we are allergic are:
- Allergic rhinitis (nasal cavity reaction to dust, mold, cigarette smoke, litter dust etc.)
- Allergic pneumonia in dogs (lung reaction from Aspergillus fungus, pollen, heartworm microfilariae etc.)
- Allergic dermatitis (skin reaction due to food allergy, contact allergy, cutaneous drug eruptions, atopy-allergic inhalant dermatitis etc.)
- Allergic gastroenteritis (reaction of stomach and intestines – vomiting, diarrhea due to food allergy)
- Allergic blepharitis (eyelid reaction to molds, dust, pollen, topic medications etc.)
Myrrh To The Rescue
Most important to humans – and now animals! – is Myrrh’s use in medicine. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and can help move the blood – so it is great for circulatory and nervous problems, as well as cleaning wounds. It can help strengthen the immune system, by reducing inflammation – and allergic reactions.
Myrrh Makes Me Purr
Myrrh is a reddish-brown tree sap (similar to the one that sticks to my fur like gum), that comes from a number of different trees: all native to parts of Africa and the Middle East. This sap is really earthy smelling – not stinky like I like it – and has been used by humans for thousands of years to make incense, perfume wine, and preserve bodies. It has also been used as a haling ointment and drink, to stimulate immunity, heal wounds and reduce inflammation. It is also mildly analgesic (yapyap: a pain reliever) so it is especially good in tinctures, healing ointments and on skin irritations – which is why my human Sage uses it on my flea bites (I am pawticularly sensitive to these critters). I feel so doggone ancient when she “annoints” me with her precious salve!
I really am a Holy Dog.I may be a forward thinking dawg, but I sure like my paws steeped in ancient wisdom. Especially when they help stop my allergic reactions!
Photo Credit: glenmaclarty
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan