Myrtle Essential Oil – Myrtus communis – (Myrtaceae) – is a lightly fragranced essential oil which grows in southern France. The leaves, flowers ad stem of the plant are steam distilled and due to its diversity as a fumigant and a freshener, is used for diverse reasons.
Place a few drops of Myrtle Essential Oil in a diffuser to assist in clearing the air in the house or office or to act as a decongestant for coughs and colds. Myrtle oil can be a relaxant if used in a diffuser, providing relief if inhaled deeply.
Myrtle Essential Oil can be used to fumigate areas which are well used by animals like kennels, carpets, floors or sleeping baskets. As most animals can be sensitive to essential oils, use as a spray and cover the areas with a full spray of this sweet smelling product. Make with distilled water, a solubiliser like Witch Hazel and a few drops of your special Myrtle oil.
This myrtle oil is excellent in a vaporiser to refresh bad or strong odours in closed areas. It is also safe to gargle with myrtle oil to freshen the mouth though do not swallow the oil.
Myrtle essential oil blends well with other oils – Black Pepper, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang to name a few. Don’t be shy in working with your oils and blends as there are many lovely aromas which can be found by doing so.
A known anti-bacterial for minor wounds, Myrtle can be placed on small abrasions. Though always try a skin test first before application in case of a reaction to the oil.
Use your Myrtle Essential oil with care and keep out of the reach of children. Store below 30° and do not ingest. Seek advice if pregnant.
Major plant chemicals are: cineole, myrtenol, pinene, myrtenyl acetate, geraniol, linalool, camphene, borneol