Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtus Communis

Myrtle Essential Oil is very popular because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antiseptic, expectorant, decongestant and stimulant properties.

These properties are useful in many essential oil remedies and you will be happy to know that Myrtle oil is gentle enough to be used for children as well as the elderly.

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What is Myrtle Essential Oil?

Let's start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Myrtle Essential Oil

Family:  Myrtaceae
Origins:  Native to North Africa. It grows freely all over the Mediterranean region and is cultivated as a garden shrub all over Europe. The oil is mainly produced in Corsica, Span, Tunisia, Morocco, Italy, Yugoslavia, and France. 
Other Names:  Corsican pepper
Description:  A large bush with many branches. Brown-red bark and small leaves. White flowers followed with small black berries. Leaves and flowers are fragrant.
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: leaves, twigs, and sometimes flowers

Principal Constituents:  cineol, myrtenol, pinene, geraniol, linalool, camphene, and others

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application


  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition 
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Do not use near flame, heat or sparks
  • Do not store at temperatures above 120F (49C)
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil

Suggested Uses

Myrtle Essential Oil can be used to treat an enlarged prostate (BPH) or to stimulate your thyroid (hypothyroid).

Create a 50:50 blend of oil with a carrier oil and ...

  • For an enlarged prostate, massage the blend over your lower abdomen.
  • To stimulate thyroid activity massage the blend over the thyroid area of your neck and chest.

Cold and Flu

When used in a diffuser, Myrtle Essential Oil has been known to calm a cough, ease a sore throat or relieve a chest congestion. 

Because of its expectorant properties, it can help remove excess mucus from your respiratory tract and it is gentle enough to be used for children as well as the elderly.

Other Oils for Cold & Flu   Main Page - Cold & Flu

Digestive System

Use a 50:50 blend of Myrtle Essential Oil and a carrier oil to cleanse and stimulate your liver. You can apply it as an abdominal massage followed by a hot damp cloth to assist penetration, or consume it by gelatin capsule once a day.

This can also be helpful for urinary tract/prostate infections or for inflammation.

Myrtle can also be used in the bath. Add 15 drops to a cup of Epsom Salts and add it to the water as the tub is filling.

Other Oils for Digestion   Main Page - Digestion Problems

Emotional Balance

Myrtle Essential Oil can be used to replace feelings of anger, nervousness and stress with a sense of peace and tranquility.

Diffuse 20 drops of oil during meditation or quiet times and enjoy.

Other Oils for Emotional Balance


Mix 2 drops of Myrtle Essential Oil with the same amount of carrier oil (I prefer coconut oil) and massage your temples as needed.

Other Oils for Headache/Migraine

Main Page - Remedy for Headache   Main Page - Migraine Remedy


Myrtle Essential Oil is very popular for healing hemorrhoids because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent and antiseptic properties.

These properties are useful in many essential oil remedies and you will be happy to know that Myrtle oil is gentle enough to be used for children as well as the elderly.

Myrtle and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut in a 50:50 ratio and apply twice daily (do not massage).

Mix a drop of Myrtle Oil with some cold cream and apply directly on the hemorrhoids.

Application of Myrtle Oil can stop the pain and bleeding caused by hemorrhoids.

Other Oils for Hemorrhoids   Main Page - Healing Hemorrhoids

Immune System Support

Myrtle Essential Oil can be used to enhance your immune system to protect yourself from colds and flu as well as various other infectious diseases.

Diffuse 20 drops daily at times when you may be susceptible.

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Myrtle Essential Oil can help you with your insomnia in three ways.

  1. Just before bedtime take a warm aromatic bath using 15 drops of oil in a cup of Epsom Salts.
  2. Next apply a 50:50 blend of Myrtle oil and a carrier oil on your hands and feet and then ...
  3. Diffuse 20 drops into the bedroom and go to bed. 

I am confident that this will present you with a nice uninterrupted night's sleep.

Other Oils for Insomnia   Main Page Insomnia Remedy

Respiratory System

For coughs and chest colds massage your chest, neck and face with a 50:50 blend that includes a carrier oil

Take a warm bath using 15 drops of Myrtle in a cup of Epsom Salts.

Diffuse 20 drops of Myrtle Essential Oil to help promote normal respiratory function and ease the following conditions:

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • chest congestion

Myrtle oil is gentle enough to be used for children as well as the elderly.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System   Main Page - Respiratory Problems

Skin Treatment

5 drops of Myrtle Essential Oil in a green clay masque works well as a treatment for acne and oily skin.

Minor skin irritations can be addressed by adding 6 drops of oil in an ounce of coconut oil or cold cream and applying it to the problem area.

A 50:50 blend of Myrtle and a carrier oil can be applied to help with the following issues:

Other Oils for Your Skin   Main Page - Skin Treatment

Sore Throat

Myrtle Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to ease your sore throat and calm a cough. 

Blend Myrtle oil with Eucalyptus (Radiata or Globulus) in equal amounts and massage rub it on your chest before bed time. Pine oil can also be used.

If you have sensitive skin you can dilute the blend with a carrier oil.

Other Oils for Sore Throat    Main Page - Sore Throat Remedy

Combine With Other Oils

Blends well with: 

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