Native to the Mediterranean.
Obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of the plant.
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, astringent, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodoriser, expectorant and stimulant to the prostate, liver and thyroid.
Myrtle is highly regarded for its antiseptic and bactericidal properties and is a mild oil which can be very helpful in the prevention and treatment of bronchial conditions especially in children and the elderly.
When diluted to around 3% in a carrier oil it makes a good chest rub to loosen congested lungs and because it has a less medicinal aroma than Eucalyptus it is a good replacement for that oil - especially when being used on children who may object to the aroma of Eucalyptus.
Because it has more of a sedative action than Eucalyptus it's also a good oil to burn, vaporise or inhale at night. Psychologically it can help alleviate feelings of self-hatred and is regarded as useful for those struggling with addiction and OCD. It's seen as a purifying and protective oil.
When blended for massage Myrtle can be effective against greasy, teenage skin and it also makes a gentle but effective muscle and joint rub.
When blended in a cream or lotion it may prove useful against a variety of skin conditions - its antiseptic properties may well help combat acne for example, especially when blended with other astringent oils.
You may find that Myrtle blends especially well with Benzoin, Lavender, Bergamot, Elemi, Rosewood, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Jasmine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Coriander, Ylang-Ylang, and Melissa.