Properties of the Gum
It is bitter to taste and has an aromatic fragrance. It has an intense dark color. It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It consists of 25 to 40 percent resin and around 60 percent gum. When myrrh is subjected to double distillation for extracting essential oils, it is found to have organic compounds, such as, aldehydes and also phenolic compounds, which are highly corrosive.