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Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtle oil has fresh, strong and sweet notes, and is equally at home in an aromatherapy blend as a perfumery one.

Product Information

Myrtus communis

Myrtaceae family

Harvested and steam distilled in Tunisia from leaves and flowers of organically grown plant material.

Myrtle is a bush/small tree native to the Mediterranean area.

Throughout most of recorded herbal history, myrtle was a recognized medicament and macerated in wine.

Arctander says

Myrtle oil is a pale yellow to orange-yellow or pale amber-colored mobile liquid of strongly camphoraceous-spicy, but also sweet-herbaceous and fresh body-notes. The better oils (of which this is one) are very fresh and strong in topnotes, and yet display an almost floral sweetness and little or no reside note. Myrtle oil belongs unquestionably to the “topnote” materials and not to the fixative oils. It blends excellently with bergamot, lavandin, lavender, rosemary, clary sage, hyssop, the artemisias, petitgrains, bay leaf oil, etc and is thus an interesting item for colognes also those of aldehydic type.

Furthermore, Myrtle oil is used in flavors where it has found some popularity in meat sauces, seasonings, etc in combination with spice oils and herb oils. In this respect, it blends well with clove bud oil, laurel leaf oil, cinnamon oils, cardamom oil, etc giving freshness and lift to the heavy spices. It enhances the effect of ginger and it modifies nutmeg oil in a pleasant way. By itself, it is somewhat bitter and sharp, but well blended, it acts favorably as a fresh and appetizing agent in many spice blends.

Battaglia says

He disagrees with Arctanders flavor description but I think the point is that it will not be the best oil to add a drop to your pasta salad, but is important when formulating a flavor blend.

Aromatherapeutic properties









As always, if you have a keen interest in the aromatherapeutic properties of Myrtle, then that’s great—have a look at The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia.

Safety Warning

As with most essential oils, dilute before using on skin. Perform a patch test before use if essential oil sensitivity is suspected. Do not take essential oils internally. Do not use on children or pets. Seek advice from a trained aromatherapist before using on people with compromised immune systems. Keep away from eyes and mucus membranes.
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1 Review

Billie Steigerwald 28th Jan 2021

A fascinatingly complex oil

This myrtle can't be fully appreciated by merely sniffing the bottle: the dry down was quite full of surprises! The initial top notes are sweet and quite camphoraceous, with a component somewhat reminiscent of Allspice and Bay, but the oil changes and takes on a luxurious, soft quality, honeyed, while still having spicy herbal-medicinal notes. In its final stage it seems to take on a powdery floral quality. Although the oil is in no way similar in aroma to Jasmine, it seems to evoke a similar sensual euphoria, and it is no surprise that Myrtle is sacred to the goddess Aphrodite! It seems that one could experiment in combining with this oil with others such as clove, beeswax absolute, and possibly even helichrysum. Overall, this is a strange scent that might not be for everyone, but it is definitely an interesting and sultry one that is worth experimenting with!

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