Myrtle - Myrtus communis

Native to North Africa and the warmer climes of Europe, myrtle is a small flowering tree with spear-like green leaves and blooms that turn into dark berries. The plant's leaves and twigs are the source of myrtle essential oil. Sometimes compared to cajeput and eucalyptus, myrtle carries a clear, subtly floral scent. Appreciated for its cleansing properties, myrtle is sometimes used in skin care products and is also valued for supporting clear breathing.

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County of Origin Morocco
Botanical Family Myrtaceae
Therapeutic Properties Anti-infectious, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cephalic, expectorant, stomachic
Chemical Family Esters, Monterpenes, Oxides
Approx. Shelf Life 5 years
Plant Parts Leaf, Fruit
Note Classification Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Bay, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Palma Rosa, Rosewood, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme
% Chemical Compound 1,8-Cineole 30.00 alpha-Pinene 24.00 Myrtenyl acetate 20.00 Limonene 14.00 delta-Cadinene 2.50 Linalyl acetate 1.10 Linalool 1.10 Bornyl acetate 1.00 Geranyl 2-methylbutyrate 0.90 Methyl eugenol 0.50 gamma-Terpinene 0.50

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History: Since antiquity the leaves have been used for perfumes and food. The leaves and flowers were a major ingredient in "angel's water," a sixteenth century skin care lotion. Myrtle was a symbol of love because it was used in bridal bouquets or headdresses and and the bridesmaids were to plant their myrtle to bring them love. Leaves are still found in potpourri and the oil is still used in cosmetics and perfumes.

Characteristics: A middle note with a medium aroma, Myrtle Essential Oil has a clear, fresh scent that is mildly camphoraceous, similar to that of Eucalyptus.

Clinical Studies:

Indications: Used to calm, open sinus and breathing passages, uplift moods, refresh, help meditate, relieve pain. Is best known for helping respiratory problems. It benefits smoker's cough, bronchitis, flu, colds, and sinus infection, As a disinfectant, Myrtle Oil helps uterine infection, skin healing, and deodorizing.

Personality Profile:

Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Aroma lamp, bath, compress, diffusor, inhaler, light bulb ring, liquid candle, massage, mist spray, salve, steam inhalation.

Safety: Nontoxic.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
 Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.  All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.  Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Myrtle - Myrtus communis

    Myrtle - Myrtus communis

    Native to North Africa and the warmer climes of Europe, myrtle is a small flowering tree with spear-like green leaves and blooms that turn into dark berries. The plant's leaves and twigs are the source of myrtle essential oil. Sometimes compared to cajeput and eucalyptus, myrtle carries a clear, subtly floral scent. Appreciated for its cleansing properties, myrtle is sometimes used in skin care products and is also valued for supporting clear breathing.

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