Commiphora myrrha resin extract/Commiphora myrrha oil
What is it?
Myrrh resin or gum is a naturally-derived, sap-like substance harvested from the bark of the small, horny tree species Commiphora myrrha.
What does it do?
With its smoky, earthy scent, myrrh resin has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense. This botanical adds herbal flavor to some of our toothpastes and floss, and provides a clean, mouth feel.
How is it made?
The myrrh oleo gum resin is ground, then extracted using alcohol, and filtered. The result is a myrrh gum tincture, which is used in our products.
What are the alternatives?
There are other herbals used in our botanical line, but there is no natural alternative to myrrh.
Is this the right option for me?
No serious toxicities have been reported with myrrh. Myrrh is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food use and given “generally recognized as safe” status as a food additive1.
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
1 21 CFR 172.510