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Myrrh is a gummy resin from the Commiphora shrub. Cuts are made in the bark of myrrh trees to allow a yellow coloured liquid to escape. As this liquid comes into contact with air, it changes colour to dark brown and hardens to form the myrrh resins which are then scrapped off. The dried resin is hard and brittle with a bitter taste.
Myrrh is burnt in homes to get rid of bad odours. Myrrh is used in deodorants, soaps and lotions. Myrrh resins have medicinal properties and the locals in Somalia, who call it Malmal use it for postnatal care of both mother and child.