Plant/part: Bush /leaves (source : north africa/ iran)
Latin name: Myrtus communis
Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma: Fresh, slightly sweet and penetrating.
Properties: Reputed to have a pronounced clearing effect and particularly useful with pulmonary disorders especially when accompanied by night sweats. Indeed, promotes restful sleep due to its sedative nature and perhaps more beneficial at night than the stimulating eucalyptus which it resembles in action. Both oils are helpful in combating excessive moisture, bronchial catarrh and clearing sinusitis. Generally effective in keeping infection down. Noted for its regulating effect on the genito-urinary stem, easing such problems as hemorrhoids, diarrhea and dysentery . Its antiseptic properties may help to clear cystitis and urethritis. Could stem leucorrhoea, help to loosen general congestion of the pelvic organs and said to be an effective tonic to the womb.
Chemical constituents: Geraniol, linalool, myrtenol, nerol (alcohols), myrtenal (aldehyde), cineole (ketone) , camphene, dipentene, pinene (terpenes).
Precautions: May irritate mucous membranes with prolonged use.
Blends: Bergamot, cardamom, coriander, dill, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, rosewood , rosemary, spearmint, thyme, ti-tree.