Myrtle Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Myrtus communis
Plant Part: Leaves and Twigs
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Myrtle essential oil comes from a small tree with many tough slender boughs. It has a brownish red bark with small pointed leaves. It produces flowers which turn into black berries; both the flowers and leaves are very fragrant.
Color: Pale yellow to orange essential oil
Common Uses: Myrtle essential oil has common use as an astringent, antiseptic, vulnerary, and as a decongestant.
Consistency: Light / Thin.
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Strength of Aroma: Myrtle essential oil is characterized as being antiseptic, an astringent, bactericidal, and as an expectorant. Aromatherapy applications include usage to combat sore throats and coughs.
Aromatic Scent: Myrtle essential oil has a clear, fresh scent that is slightly camphoraceous – much like Eucalyptus.
History: The ancient Egyptians used Myrtle, a plant native to Africa, to remedy sore throats and coughs. As early as 1867 there is also evidence that the essential oil was commonly being used by medical practitioners.
Cautions: None known.