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  Myrtle, Green
Myrtus communis, organically produced, steam-distilled leaves, France.

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Green Myrtle Oil is a wonderfully mild and gentle respiratory treatment. Highly recommended (especially blended with our rare and unique Hyssop) for treating asthma attacks, and respiratory problems with children.

Astringent, at first reminiscent of evergreen and a sweet eucalyptus, with an almost floral dry down, it reveals more of itself the more I work with it. Myrtle is said to blend well with citrus and evergreen oils, although I think that it is best used alone. I think any other oil would overwhelm it. (Although I want to try a blend of this lovely Myrtle with just a touch of Cypress!)

Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi says Myrtle Essential Oil is “beneficial for people with addictions or self-destructive behavior.” Other sources recommend it, blended with Bergamot and/or Clary Sage, as an aid for smoking cessation. I have seen other authorities refer to Myrtle’s use in dealing with addictions and addictive behavior. In the past I could never see why, but with this new Myrtle, perhaps. I can see that this one might have emotionally cleansing effects. It is would be an interesting addition to a meditation blend.

Physically, Myrtle is a good astringent for oily skin and acne. It is also useful in treating devitalized, irritated, and inflamed skin (perhaps blended with German Chamomile?). Although usually recommended for use on oily skin, my distiller recommends it for all skin types since, like Geranium Essential Oil, its action is balancing and revitalizing.

Also recommended in treating hemorrhoids. (I would blend it with Cypress.)

Myrtle has a mildly sedative action, which can make it useful in treating insomnia and nervous conditions.

It is non-irritating and non-sensitizing, which makes it an appropriate oil to treat children and the elderly in cases of respiratory afflictions, chronic lung conditions, colds, infections, etc. A lovely oil which you must experience to appreciate.

May 2009—Just came across a research study indicating that Myrtle Oil is extremely effective against candida. A use for this oil that I’ve never thought of. Seems to me it would be gentler and less irritating than the more commonly recommended Tea Tree Oil. For more information see our Blog article here.

Caution advised for diabetes.

Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. FR-130502

Image courtesy of Steven Foster.



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