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23 Remarkable Uses of Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtle Essential Oils

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

Cold and flu symptoms

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

Sinus or allergy relief

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.*

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

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%.*

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6. Alleviate Oral Candida Infections

Add 1 drop of myrtle essential oil to an 8-ounce glass of tepid water and rinse your mouth several times a day to treat thrush or oral yeast infections. Myrtle essential oil has been clinically proven to be an effective antifungal oil when used to treat Candida albicans.

7. Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Massage the 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend into your lower abdomen over the bladder and on the back from the waist down to treat urinary tract infections. It will relieve the pain and inflammation commonly experienced with these infections.

You can also add 1 to 2 drops of myrtle essential oil to a warm, wet towel and use it as a compress. Another option would be adding 5 drops of a 1% myrtle blend to a warm bath for soothing, all-over relief. Lighter carrier oils work best for bath oils. Abyssinian oil, babassu oil and rosehip seed oil make good bath oils.

8. Improve Digestion

Improve digestion or appetite

Practice myrtle EO aromatherapy at mealtime or massage the 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend into the abdomen to improve digestion. Begin the massage at the upper right over the liver and work your way down. The myrtle oil will stimulate the liver and enhance the digestive process.

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9. Treat Hemorrhoids

Apply a 1% myrtle EO/carrier oil blend to the area effected by hemorrhoids for relief. It can be applied two to three times a day. For best results, apply it at night before you go to bed and again in the morning. For an enhanced hemorrhoid treatment blend, include helichrysum and cypress oils.

10. Alleviate Fatigue

Practice myrtle essential oil aromatherapy to alleviate fatigue and put a little pep in your step. If you begin to feel run down in the middle of the afternoon at the office and can’t run your diffuser, simply take a few inhales directly from the essential oil bottle.

11. Treat Fibromyalgia and Nerve Pain

Woman in pain

Use a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend to relieve pain and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia and neuralgia. Its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic and antirheumatic properties will soothe the pain, inflammation and nerve sensitivity.

*Place a drop of a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend on an inconspicuous area of skin and wait for at least a few hours to make sure you aren’t sensitive to it.*

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12. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Practice myrtle aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed to get a better night’s sleep. It is naturally sedative and relaxing.

13. Improve Liver Function

Apply the 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend to the upper right abdominal area over the liver to improve liver function. For best results, apply the oil just before you go to bed.

14. Improve Hormone Balance and Thyroid Health

Apply a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend to thyroid points on the bottom of your big toe and the base of your throat to improve hormone balance. Myrtle aromatherapy can also help with hormone balance.

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15. Alleviate Muscle Aches and Inflammation

Muscle spasms or cramps

Massage sore, achy, inflamed muscles with a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend. You can use any carrier oil you like for this benefit. Many of them like apricot kernel oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil also have anti-inflammatory properties.

16. Relieve Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

Massage a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend into painful, inflamed arthritic joints for relief. It can be applied two to three times a day.

17. Treat or Prevent Bacteria Infections

Bacterial infection

Apply a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend to sores and wounds to treat or prevent bacterial infections. It will also relieve pain and reduce inflammation. You can apply it up to several times a day.

18. Speed Bruise Healing

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Gently, dab a 1% myrtle EO/carrier oil blend on bruises to speed healing. Myrtle’s analgesic properties will soothe pain and tenderness while its anti-inflammatory properties enhance healing.

19. Improve Prostate Health

Apply a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend to improve male hormone balance and prostate health. It can be massaged into the skin all over for this benefit. For a more concentrated male hormone tonic, include niaouli essential oil, pine essential oil, sandalwood essential oil and patchouli essential oil.

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20. Soothe Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety

Practice myrtle essential oil aromatherapy to soothe anxiety and relieve stress. For best results, add 5 to 6 drops of myrtle oil to your diffuser and run it for 30 to 60 minutes while you relax in a quiet room. If you suffer from anxiety and stress while you’re away from home and can’t run your diffuser, inhale the vapors from the bottle.

21. Treat Eczema and Psoriasis

Apply a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend to area of the skin effected by eczema and psoriasis. The oil will quickly soothe irritation and reduce inflammation. Almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil are ideal carrier oils for eczema and psoriasis treatment.

22. Get Rid of Acne

acne

Dab a 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend on pimples to kill the bacteria, reduce inflammation and speed healing. You can also add 1 to 2 drops of myrtle essential oil to your favorite moisturizer and use it to moisturize acne-prone skin. Argan and jojoba are excellent carrier oils that can be used as moisturizers.

They both have great, skin-healing benefits and help control the production of sebum, the oily substance that causes acne. Argan is a lighter carrier oil that is great for oily skin and during hot, summer weather. Jojoba is good for dry skin or for use during the winter when skin is naturally drier.

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23. Improve Skin Health

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Apply the 1% myrtle essential oil/carrier oil blend to the skin to improve overall health and appearance. It can also reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

Was this list helpful to you? Myrtle essential oils have a camphoraceous, fresh, floral fragrance. They smell a little like a floral eucalyptus oil, which is no surprise since Myrtle shrubs are in the same family as eucalyptus. This slightly floral note makes myrtle oil especially good for aromatherapy. It fills the room a pleasant, freshen fragrance. When you shop for your myrtle oil, be sure to check the constituent analysis before you buy so that you know whether you’re getting red or green myrtle. Red myrtle is more common, and it’s a good essential oil; however, if you want it primarily for anxiety treatment, stress reduction and relaxation, green myrtle is preferable. It is higher in myrtenyl acetate and linalool.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and share your own experiences with myrtle essential oil, if you have already used it. We can all learn from each other’s experience and keep adding to the on-going list of its great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all of myrtle essential oil’s natural healing abilities.

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About the author

Reannan Raine

Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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