Myrtle Myrtus communis

Myrtus communis
Myrtus communis flower
Common Names
Botanical Name
Myrtus communis

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Myrtle

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How to Use: Myrtle

The leaves of the myrtle tree are very aromatic and the plant has a number of medicinal uses. In traditional herbal medicine myrtle has been taken internally for urinary infections, digestive problems, bronchial congestion, and dry coughs. In Ayurveda it is seen as a treatment for cerebral infections, most notably epilepsy. Myrtle has also been used at various times as an astringent, an antiseptic and a decongestant. 1

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Myrtle leaves can be used in teas. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy.

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Myrtle : Essential Oil Profile

The oil has a distinct, spicy, camphor-like aroma. The better oils exhibit a sweeter, fresher note.

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In the Kitchen: Myrtle leaves can be used as a tea, and can be substituted for bay leaves in cooking. Myrtle branches can be used as firewood, for grilling it transmits a spicy aromatic flavor to meats and vegetables.

Myrtle Side Effects: Avoid in pregnancy

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:5 petal star like flower, usually white
  • Plant Class:Flowering Evergreen Shrub
  • Leaves: Fragrant with essential oil, 3-5 cm long
  • Fruit: Edible blue-purple berries with several seeds.
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  • Distribution:Native to the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and Northern Africa

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  1. Mountain Rose Herbs