Myrtle Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Myrtus Communis
Plant Part: Leaves and twigs.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Color: Reddish brown.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Hyssop, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Thyme, White, and Tea Tree.
Aromatic Scent: Myrtle Essential Oil has a clear, fresh scent that is slightly camphoraceous – much like Eucalyptus.
Practical uses: When myrtle oil is diffused in a burner or steam bath, its decongestant and antibacterial properties make it useful in fighting colds, flu and other respiratory infections. Myrtle oil may be diluted and applied in a chest rub to clear mucus from the respiratory passages, and some aromatherapists consider it gentle enough to be used on children. In a massage, myrtle oil is used to balance oily skin, treat acne and hemorrhoids, and correct hormonal imbalances in the ovaries and thyroid gland, which regulates metabolism. Myrtle is often recommended in treating hypothyroid conditions that contribute to a slow metabolism, resulting in weight gain and lack of energy.
Description:Myrtus (myrtle) is a genus of one or two species of flowering plants in the family Myrtaceae, native to southern Europe and north Africa. It is the type genus of the family. The plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree, growing to 5 m tall. The leaf is 3–5 cm long, with a fragrant essential oil. The star-like flower has five petals and sepals, and numerous stamens. Petals usually are white. The fruit is a round berry containing several seeds, most commonly blue-black in color. A variety with yellow-amber berries is also present. The flower is pollinated by insects, and the seeds are dispersed by birds that eat the berries. The common myrtle Myrtus Communis, also called true myrtle, is widespread in the Mediterranean region and is commonly cultivated.
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