With a sweet and earthy aroma that has hints of medicinal notes, Myrtle possesses natural components including pinene, camphene, cineol, dipentene, myrtenol, and geraniol. Because of its potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, Myrtle is a phenomenal addition to any all-natural household cleaner.
Native to the Mediterranean and Western Asia, Myrtle grows from evergreen shrubs that produce fragrant pink and white flowers. It has sharp, pointed leaves and a reddish-brown bark. Edens Garden’s Myrtle essential oil is derived from the leaves and fruit of the plant through a steam distillation method.
Botanical Name: Myrtus communis
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves/Fruit
Note: Middle - Top
Blends Well With: Basil, and other herbaceous aromas
Aroma: Herbaceous, sweet, medicinal, and earthy
Color: Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Adult Max Dilution: 1.9%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use Myrtle essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water for its antibacterial action and its ability to aid the respiratory system especially when a cold strikes or with asthma, relieve anxiety and offer confidence. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create an anti-fungal spray to use in moist areas such as the bathroom by combining 20 drops Myrtle and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
- Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) and Myrtle (Myrtus communis) are most similar in name rather than chemical composition and aroma. Myrtle is herbaceous, sweet, medicinal, and earthy. Lemon Myrtle is citrusy, sweet, tart and fresh. Therapeutically, Lemon Myrtle adds extra strength to cleansers because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, meaning you don’t have to work as hard. It can also help sharpen the mind during foggy moments. Native to the Mediterranean and Western Asia, Myrtle grows from evergreen shrubs that produce fragrant pink and white flowers. Because of its potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, Myrtle is also a phenomenal addition to any all-natural household cleaner as well as in skincare blends.
- The Myrtle plant, Myrtus communis, is an evergreen shrub that is beautifully fragrant. Its leaves are glossy and green and the flowers that bloom from this shrub are star shaped and have long stamens. The flowers produce a berry that is purple to black in color. The essential oil is made from the leaves and the fruit and it is considered a top note with a thin consistency that is pale yellow in color.
- There are a few ways to use Myrtle essential oil to enjoy its full benefits effectively, including 1.) Dilute it to 1% by combining 6 drops of Myrtle and 1 oz of carrier oil or unscented lotion. Apply it topically as a skin-nourishing moisturizer. Alternatively, use this blend as a facial order by applying it to the face and neck as the last part in your skincare routine. 2.) Create an on-the-go roll-on by adding 6 drops Myrtle in a 10 ml roll-on, then top off with carrier oil. Apply to pulse points such as the neck and wrists.
- Myrtle essential oil is often celebrated for its ability to improve respiratory circulation. The oil acts as an expectorant to aid coughs, congestion, and other respiratory ailments. It can also help reduce inflammation which can loosen mucus for clearer breathing. To use Myrtle for coughing, create a chest rub by combining 1 oz unscented lotion and 12 drops Myrtle. Apply directly to the chest taking slow breaths.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
RELAX: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Myrtle, 5 drops of Vetiver and 5 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas). Or add 5-6 drops of Myrtle to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 15-30 minutes before bedtime to encourage sleep.
LINEN SPRAY: Add to a 4 ounce spray bottle: 5 drops of Myrtle, 5 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas), 5 drops of Blood Orange and 5 drops of Sandalwood, along with Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount), 2 ounces of Lavender hydrosol and 2 ounces of Ylang Ylang hydrosol. Shake well before misting over sheets and bedding to encourage a restful night’s sleep.
CLEANING SPRAY: To an 8 ounce spray bottle add: 25 drops of Myrtle, 28 drops of Tea Tree, 25 drops of Lemon and 22 drops of Peppermint, then fill with 2 oz grain alcohol and top off with distilled water. Shake well before each use.
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