Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Myrtle essential oil or Sweet myrtle oil

Myrtle essential oil, myrtus communis, has a sweet camphor like herbal aroma similar to eucalyptus. It is an excellent aromatherapy oil dating back to the days of the ancient Greeks, who used it as both an ornamental, and for it's medicinal properties. Myrtle essential oil uses include antiseptic, deodorant, astringent, nervine, expectorant and anti-catarrhal, disinfectant, and as an aphrodisiac to help with frigidity and impotence. Myrtle, myrtus communis, is a coarse, stiff, shrub or small, slender, tree; from to 3-8 feet. The bark is brownish-gray and smooth; leaves narrow at the base. Leaves oblong to lance-shaped, 1-4 inches long, reduced at the tip of the branches, often sparingly toothed, dark green and shiny above, paler and sometimes hairy beneath; leathery, evergreen, with waxy globules. The green berries are covered, when mature, with a pale blue, lavender or grayish-white aromatic wax in microscopic rounded particles used in making candles which burn with a pleasing fragrance. Essential oil is steam distilled from the leaf.
Myrtle essential oil, myrtus communis, blends well with the following essential oils: eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang, and spice oils.
Myrtle oil cautions - Moderately toxic, use in small amounts, can cause skin irritation and can be a mucous membrane irritant. Dilute with a carrier oil before use.
Myrtle oil properties - Analgesic, anticonvulsant, antineuralgic, expectorant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, tonic (for hair).

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