PORTRAIT

You’ll breathe easier when you add Inshanti’s green myrtle essential oil to your respiratory support arsenal, whether you’re dealing with colds, bronchial or sinus infections, or hay fever. Myrtle is slightly sedative, relaxing the body and mind, so you—or your children—rest easier, when you use it with a diffuser at night. This gentle oil also works as a natural astringent for acne or other skin issues. Try it in a relaxing facial steam—good for body and soul!

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Leaves
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenes, Oxides
Country of Origin: France
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Camphoraceous, fresh, herbaceous
Note Classification: Top/Middle

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties

  • Provides Protection during major life transitions.
  • Promotes harmony, love and respect.
  • Clarity.

Therapeutic Properties

  • Analgesic – An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
  • Anti-allergenic – An agent that reduces the symptoms of allergies.
  • Antibacterial – An agent that is capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
  • Antifungal — An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.
  • Anti-infectious – Helps the body strengthen its own resistance to infective organisms and rid the body of illness.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Anti-oxidant– An agent that inhibits oxidation.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Cephalic – Remedy for the head, usually clearing and stimulating.
  • Expectorant– Promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.
  • Immunostimulant – Stimulates functioning of the immune system.
  • Mucolytic — Breaks down mucus (pulmonary).

HOW TO USE

  • Try a steam blend to relieve bronchitis, chest cold, sore throat, sinus infection, allergies, hay fever, and congestion. Boil plain water without the oil, pour boiling water into the bowl, and add approx. 5 drops of Myrtle essential oil to a bowl of hot water. With a towel, cover and place head over the bowl, breathing in through the nostrils and mouth to get steam into both the head and chest for 5 minutes or longer.

RECIPES

SAFETY

If oxidized, it may cause irritation or sensitization. It may antidote homeopathic remedies. Tisserand’s recommended dermal maximum is 1.9% due to potential presence of methyl eugenol and estragole content.

 

Care must be taken if using 1,8 cineole rich oils for people with asthma, as it is possible to set off an attack. This is an individual response to the oil, dose, application, and specific situation. Studies also show that 1,8 cineole can be of benefit in respiratory disorders by its anti-­inflammatory effect on the airways, allowing reduction in oral steroid dosage.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

MORE INFO

Myrtle essential oil has been researched for normalizing hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries, as well as balancing in cases of hypothyroidism.

Myrtle is reported to be effective for treating head lice and their eggs.

Reference:

Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Rockport, MA Element Books, 1995
Fisher-Rizzi S., Complete Aromatherapy Handbook. Sterling Publishing Company, USA, 1990

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