|Latin name||Myrtus communis|
|Extraction||Distillation of the leaves and twigs|
|Origin||Europe, North Africa (Portugal)|
|Plant characteristics||A small tree with reddish-brown bark and sharp, pointer leaves. It has white flowers followed by small black berries.|
|Oil characteristics||Colourless to pale yellow oil with a clear, fresh, woody aroma.|
|Traditional use||Dioscorides prescribed it once for lung and bladder infections.|
|Blends well with||Pine, cypress, cedarwood and Canadian balsam.|
|Cautions and comments||There are no known contra-indications. Used extensively in eau-de-cologne and toilet waters.|
|Main chemical constituents||Cineole – up to 75%.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.