Myrtle Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-M08
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- Ex Tax: £3.50
Myrtle is an evergreen shrub with fragrant white or pink flowers. It is native to North Africa but is commonly found in the southern Mediterranean region including France, Spain, Corsica, Tunisia and Italy. Myrtle essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs and sometimes the flowers.
Myrtle has been used since ancient times and was reported to be the sacred plant of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Aphrodite is often pictured wearing a Myrtle wreath on her head and for many years it was traditional that a bride's head dress should be made of it. Its Greek association with love is continued today with the inclusion of Myrtle in Greek bridal bouquets.
Historically, Myrtle was used by the ancient Greek physician, Dioscorides, for lung and bladder infections and in Italy and Greece to make a cough syrup for children with colds. It was also used in skin preparations and is a traditional Mediterranean remedy for regulating the menstrual cycle.
In modern aromatherapy Myrtle essential oil is primarily used for respiratory ailments and for skincare. Due to its high alcohol content it is considered a gentle oil which is suitable for use with children and the elderly, especially in the treatment of coughs and chest complaints. However, as is the case when unfamiliar in the use of any essential oils, care should be taken and professional advice sought.
- Species: Myrtus communis
- Plant family: Myrtaceae
- Origin: Tunisia
- Note: Base to middle
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Non-toxic. A gentle essential oil that is suitable for use on children and the elderly.
Myrtle's astringent properties make it useful in skin care for oily skin, open pores, acne and mature skin. It is also useful in an ointment base for treating haemorrhoids.
Psychologically Myrtle essential oil is clarifying, purifying and protective and can be useful for addictive, self-destructive and obessive-compulsive behaviour.
Myrtle is especially recommended for respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, catarrh and coughs. It is particularly useful in a child's bedroom at night (in a safely placed oil burner) to help soothe irritable night-time coughing. It can also be used in a douche to help treat urinary tract infections.
Blends well with:
Spices and also Lavender, Neroli, Lime, Bergamot, Lemon, Hyssop, Bay, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Pine, Cypress
Astringent Skin Tonic For Combination Skin:
Mix 150ml Orange Flower (Neroli) Hydrolat, 20 drops Geranium essential oil, 10 drops Lime, 5 drops Lemon, 5 Myrtle and 5 Juniperberry. Shake well and use on cotton wool to cleanse and tone the T-Zone and other problem or congested areas.
Rich Cream for Mature Skin:
Mix 100ml Moisturising Cream, 10ml Castor Oil, 10ml Extra Virgin Coconut Butter, 20 drops Lavender essential oil, 20 Geranium, 10 Myrtle, 5 Frankincense and 5 Neroli.
Haemorrhoid Cream (for mild conditions only):
Mix 50ml Moisturising Cream, 5ml Argan Oil, 5ml warmed Extra Virgin Coconut Butter, 10 drops Lavender, 8 Tea Tree, 5 Myrtle and 5 Sandalwood. Apply after a bath or shower and before bed.
“Boost” Body Lotion ( for skin and mood):
Mix 120ml Moisturising Lotion, 10ml Evening Primrose Oil, 10ml Jojoba, 25 drops Lavender, 15 Geranium, 10 Bergamot, 5 Myrtle, 5 Patchouli and 3 Neroli.