Myrtle Essential Oil in Aromatherapy
is used in aromatherapy for several purposes. Myrtle is a large bush with white flowers, pointed leaves and black berries. The leaves and flowers are aromatic in nature. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of leaves, twigs and flowers.
Myrtle essential oil
has a distinct, spicy aroma just like camphor. Concentrated and better oils have sweeter and fresher note. It is added to herbal components for more utilities.
The essential oil is antiseptic in nature. It is also astringent, expectorant, bactericidal, toning and anti-depressant. It is used in aromatherapy to treat several conditions such as:
- Oily skin
- Mature skin
- Sore throat
- Pulmonary Infections like Bronchitis
- Urinary Infections
also aids in removing the feelings of anger. The aroma is very uplifting and aids in mood changes. Myrtle oil is mixed with neroli, lime and rosewood to treat different levels of depression symptoms. In ancient times these oils were used to relieve the stress of the new bride.
Myrtle (Myrtus communis) belongs to the Myrtaceae plant family. It is botanically related to eucalyptus and tea tree. The leaves and flowers of the plant are used for several ailments like diarrhea and dysentery. In ancient Greek, people used to take macerated myrtle leaves in wine for lung and bladder infections. In fact, it was a symbol of immortality for Greeks. The Romans are said to have used this in urinary and respiratory problems. Egyptians used it for nervous afflictions.
However, one should be cautious while using Myrtle essential oil as it is a gentile oil with very complex chemical make-up. It is non-sensitizing, non-irritant and non-toxic. It has several other properties which makes it worth-while, if handled with care. It is best to use it under the guidance of aromatherapists.