Green and red myrtle essential oils are steam distilled from the leaves of the Myrtus communis shrub. Green myrtle is grown and harvested in Corsica.
Red myrtle is grown and harvested in North Africa. Green myrtle oil contains more linalool and myrtenyl acetate. It is better for the treatment of emotional distress. Red myrtle is higher in 1,8-cineole which makes it better for treating physical conditions.
Both types of myrtle have analgesic, anticonvulsive, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, expectorant, sedative and tonic therapeutic properties.
1. Alleviate Seasonal Allergies
Blend 1 drop of myrtle essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Use a cotton swab or your finger to apply the blend to the outer edges of your nostrils at night before you go to bed and when you get up in the morning. If necessary, you can apply it again mid-day.
2. Prevent or Treat Colds and Flu
Practice myrtle aromatherapy to help prevent or treat colds and the flu. You can also use a 1% blend just like hand sanitizer. Applying the 1% blend to the nostrils can also help treat or prevent viral infections.
3. Get Rid of Sinus Infections
Enjoy 30 to 60 minutes of myrtle essential oil aromatherapy several times a day to help get rid of sinus infections. Its natural analgesic properties will give you relief from sinus pain.
The anti-inflammatory properties will reduce swelling and myrtle’s antimicrobial properties will help kill the bacteria. You can also apply a 1% blend topically to the nostrils, sinus areas under the eyes on either side of the nose and just above the brow ridge for relief.
*Don’t get essential oils in your eyes or nose. They can irritate mucous membranes.*
4. Treat Upper Respiratory Infection
Add 5 to 6 drops of myrtle essential oil to your diffuser, along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water. Run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes several times a day to treat upper respiratory infections.
Mix 1 drop of myrtle EO in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your chest, throat, shoulders and back of the neck. It will provide soothing relief from pain, inflammation and chest congestion.
5. Get Relief from Laryngitis and Sore Throat
To alleviate laryngitis, sore throats and sinus drainage, add 1 drop of myrtle essential oil to 8 ounces of tepid water and gargle with it several times a day. Applying the 1% myrtle oil/carrier oil blend to the throat and chest can also relieve throat irritation.
*A 1% dilution rate (1 drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use of myrtle essential oil. The maximum recommended myrtle dilution rate is 1.9%.*