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.
  • Gives support to the unsupported.

Therapeutic Properties

  • Antimicrobial – An agent that resists or destroy pathogens.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Carminative – Relieves intestinal gas pain and distention; promotes peristalsis.
  • Cephalic – Remedy for the head, usually clearing and stimulating.
  • Digestive – Increases functional activity of the digestive tract.
  • Expectorant– Promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.

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 pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

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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