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Myrtle Essential Oil


Myrtle has long been held in high regard by a variety of different cultures. The Jewish culture sees it as a symbol of love and peace, while many other cultures view it as sacred. In aromatherapy, myrtle is great for symptomatic relief of skin and respiratory concerns.

Name of Oil:  Myrtle

Latin Binomial:  Myrtus communis

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  Tunisia, France, Corsica, Spain, Morocco, Italy

Scent Profile:  Green, fresh, earthy, camphorous

Parts used in distillation:  Blossoms, leaves

Oil Characteristics:  Pale yellow to orange tinted, thin, medium aroma

Cultivation:  Conventional Farming


Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Respiratory concerns, urinary tract concerns, acne, hemorrhoids, exhaustion, colds and fatigue

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Addictive behaviour


Known as a holy plant to ancient Persians, regarded as sacred by the Greeks

Chemical Constituents

a-pinene, b-pinene, limonene, 1,8 cineole,a-terpinen-4-ol, myrtenol, geraniol, linalyl acetate, myrtenyl acetate,carvacrol

Safety & References

Safety Data:

Follow proper dilution guidelines

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young 

The Complete Book of Essential Oils &Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer PeaceRhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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