Health Benefits of Myrtle Essential Oil
The health benefits of Myrtle Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, expectorant and sedative.
Myrtle Essential Oil is obtained through steam distillation of flowers as well as leaves and stem of Myrtle, called Myrtus Communis in the botanical world. Its main constituents are Cineol, Myrtenol, Pinene, Myrtenyl Acetate, Geraniol, Linalool, Camphene and Borneol.
This plant Myrtle has a lot to tell you of ancient Greece, as it were associated with Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Further, the brave soldiers, athletes and nobles were honored with its leaves. But that was not all. It was priced due to its medicinal properties too. Let us see what ancient Greeks found in it that can benefit us too.
Health benefits of myrtle essential oil
Antiseptic: This property makes Myrtle Essential Oil a suitable application on wounds and ulcers. It does not let microbes infect the wounds.
Astringent: If used in mouthwash, it makes the gums to contract and fasten their hold on teeth. If ingested, it makes the tracts and muscles to contract. Further, it contracts and pulls up the skin and helps diminish wrinkles. It can also help stop haemorrhage by making the blood vessels to contract.
Deodorant: It drives away odor. It can be used in incense sticks, burners, fumigants and vaporizers as room fresheners as well as can be used as body deodorants and perfumes. It has no side effects such as itches, irritations or patches on skin and is not harsh on the skin either.
Expectorant: This property of Myrtle Oil drives away phlegm, clears congestion of nasal tracts, bronchi and lungs resulting from cold and gives good relief from coughing.
Sedative: The essential oil of Myrtle relaxes and sedates. This property gives relief from tension, stress, annoyance, anger, distress and depression as well as from inflammations, irritations and allergies.
Nervine: It maintains stability of nerves and does not let you go nervous over small issues every now and then. It is beneficial against nervous and neurotic disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, shaking limbs, fear, vertigo, anxiety etc.
Aphrodisiac: Perhaps this is why this oil is related to Goddess Aphrodite. It works very well on problems such as impotency, frigidity, erectile dysfunctions, loss of libido etc.
Anti Catarrhal: This makes it counter accumulation of phlegm and catarrh in the respiratory tracts. This property also checks formation of mucus and gives relief from coughs and trouble in breathing etc.
Disinfectant: Myrtle Essential Oil inhibits infections, being a bactericidal, germicidal, fungicidal and anti viral. It also helps cure infections in stomach and intestines and helps stop diarrhea.
Other Benefits: It can be used for skin care and against haemorrhoids, acne or pimples, cystitis, infections in the urinary tract and chronic problems like leucorrhoea etc. Effective against chest infections in babies and elderly people.
Few Words of Caution: No potent threat.
Blending: To the good news to all, Myrtle Essential Oil blends with a whole range of essential oils such as Atlas, Benzoin, Bergamot, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Black Pepper, Cedar Wood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Ho Wood, Hyssop, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Coriander, Melissa, Rosewood and Ylang-Ylang oil.
This article was contributed by Aparup Mukherjee