Botanical name: Myrtus communis
Plant part: Leaves and twigs
Extraction: Steam distillation
Myrtus communis, the "common myrtle" belongs to the same plant family as Tea Tree and Eucalyptus, giving the three similar characteristics.
In 1876, Dr. Delioux de Savignac advocated the use of Myrtle for bronchial infections, problems of the genitourinary system, and hemorrhoids.
In Biblical times, Jewish women wore garlands of myrtle on their heads on their wedding day as a symbol of conjugal love and to bring them luck, it is still often carried with orange blossoms as a traditional bridal flower.
Women in the south of France used to drink an infusion of the leaves every day to keep their youth and beauty
Myrtle Essential Oil
- Helps regularize hormonal imbalances, particularly of benefit to the thyroid and ovaries due to its properties as a powerful adaptogen. It is beneficial to an underactive or overactive thyroid gland and helps provide relief from the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, PCOS, irregular menstruation etc.
- Helps counter the accumulation of phlegm and the accumulation of mucus in the nasal and respiratory tracts which provides relief from respiratory and breathing issues e.g. coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and colds. Though very potent it is gentle enough to treat chest infections in children and the elderly with proper dilution and usage. due to powerful expectorant properties
- Helps maintain nerve stability and reduce nervousness which is beneficial against neurotic and nerve disorders e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Vertigo, chronic stress and anxiety.
- Bactericidal, antiviral, germicidal and fungicidal properties help combat and treat infections in the intestines and stomach which is beneficial for stomach discomfort, diarrhea, leucorrhea and urinary tract infections like cystitis.
- Aphrodisiac properties help treat issues relating to the libido e.g. impotence, frigidity etc.
- Helps induce contraction and tightening of the blood vessels beneficial in curbing excess blood loss from hemorrhaging and very beneficial in treating hemorrhoids.
- Helps prevent sepsis and microbial infections in the body. It is recorded as being effective in preventing the growth and development of Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella species, Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria species.