Myrtle (Myrtus communis) has become one of my favorite essential oils. Featured as the “Oil of the Month”, I have been using this oil almost daily, experiencing Myrtle’s elusive character. I have found it to be soft, yet invigorating. I love the freshness of the aroma and find that Myrtle can stand on its own. The GC/MS report shows us that Myrtle has a nice mix of Monoterpenes, Esters and Oxides, effective for respiratory issues.
Research shows the combination of a-pinene, d-limonene & 1,8-cineole were effective in the acute phases of long-term bronchitis in helping to reduce the need for antibiotics. Already duly impressed with Myrtus communis, I find a fair amount of Esters, particularly myrtenyl acetate included in the GC/MS report. Listed below are some of the properties of these chemical components.
Ester: Myrtenyl acetate – Anti-spasmodic, calming to the nervous system, healing for the skin, & anti-inflammatory.
Monoterpenes: a-pinene & d-limonene – Airborne deodorizers, antimicrobial, antiseptic, rubifacient, immunostimulant
Oxide: 1,8-cineole – airborne antimicrobial, analgesic , antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral (HSV-1), increases cerebral blood flow, mucolytic
Myrtus communis Essential Oil
This is a great oil to use for children as the aroma isn’t overwhelming, but rather, inviting. This particular Myrtle comes from Morocco and is steam distilled from the leaves. Note again the beautiful amber color. In some parts of the world, the distiller will distill the leaves along with the highly fragrant flowers giving us a different aroma. The Corsican essential oil may have a greenish tinge instead of the Amber color. Other areas of the Mediterranean might yield a pale yellow to a pale orange color.
Recipe: Respiratory Relief –
- 5 drops of Myrtle (Myrtus communis) Oil
- 5 drops of Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) Oil
- 5 drops of Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) Oil
Directions: Add the essential oils to 1 ounce of lotion and rub on chest, throat, and back. This is a great blend to use at bedtime to help calm respiratory issues and encourage sound sleep.
Other ways to use this blend:
- Add 5-10 drops into your diffuser
- Add 12 drops of the blend to an inhaler
Enjoy this oil as I have!
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