Myrrh--Commiphora chemistry

Biomed Pap Med Fac Univ Palacky Olomouc Czech Repub. 2005 Jun;149(1):3-27. doi: 10.5507/bp.2005.001.


Myrrh and opopanax has been used throughout history in incense and as a perfume. Since Bible times it has been used for the treatment of wounds. The first attempts to identify content compounds were almost 100 years ago. In this review we discuss the present state of knowledge in the chemistry of substances of Commiphora spp.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Commiphora / chemistry*
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry*
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*
  • Terpenes / chemistry*


  • Plant Extracts
  • Terpenes
  • myrrh oil