Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtle’s History
Myrtus communis, Myrtle Essential Oil comes from a small tree grown in France with many tough slender boughs. It has a brownish red bark with small pointed leaves. It produces flowers which turn into black berries; both the flowers and leaves are very fragrant.
 
The ancient Egyptians used Myrtle, a plant native to Africa, to remedy sore throats and coughs. As early as 1867 there is also evidence that the essential oil was commonly being used by medical practitioners.
 
Consistency: Thin
 
Note: Middle
 
Strength of Aroma: Medium
 
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Hyssop, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Thyme, and Tea Tree.
 
Aromatic Scent: Myrtle Essential Oil has a clear, fresh scent that is slightly camphoraceous much like Eucalyptus.
 
Biblical References: Nehemiah 8:15, Isaiah 41:19, Isaiah 55:13, Zechariah 1:8, Zechariah 1:10, Zechariah 1:11 
 
Hebrew Word: Myrtle
1918 sd;h] hadac {had-as’} 
Meaning: 1) myrtle (tree) 
 
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Hyssop, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Thyme, and Tea Tree. 
 
Note in perfumery: Base note 
 
CAUTION: Non-Toxic, Non-Irritant and can be used by most anyone. Safe for children. However, Myrtle Essential Oil can be possibly toxic in high concentrations, and should not be used during pregnancy. 
Myrtle Essential Oil’s Healing Properties
Plant Origin: Tunisia, Morocco
 
Medicinal Properties: Expectorant, anti-infectious, liver stimulant, light antispasmodic, hormone-like for the thyroid and ovary, and also serves as a tonic for the skin.
 
Traditional Uses: Research on Myrtle has been done for normalizing hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries, as well as balancing the hypothyroid. It has also been researched for its soothing effects on the respiratory system.
 
Other Uses: Bronchitis, coughs, hypothyroidism, insomnia, decongestant, respiratory tract ailments, sinus infection, and tuberculosis. Myrtle has also been used for anger, asthma, cystitis, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, flatulence, hemorrhoids, hormonal imbalances, infections and infectious diseases, pulmonary disorders, skin conditions such as acne, blemishes, bruises, oily skin, psoriasis, and sinusitis. Its fragrance has been known to be elevating and euphoric.
 
Common Uses: Myrtle Essential Oil has common use as an astringent, antiseptic, vulnerary, bactericidal, expectorant and as a decongestant. Aromatherapy applications include usage to combat sore throats and coughs.
 
Application: Diffuse, apply topically, or use in a humidifier. It is safe for children for chest complaints and coughs.
 
Myrtle’s Spiritual Significance
Esther 2:7 says:
 
And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter. 
 
The Hebrew word Hadassah, Esther’s Hebrew name, means Myrtle. Because the Bible mentions this, she probably used Myrtle during her preparation for its therapeutic qualities of balancing the hormones.  
 
Myrtle is also a treasured herb used in the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (the Feast of Sukkot mentioned in Nehemiah 8:15 and Zechariah 14:16).  
 
Myrtle is a picture of Elohim Echad, as seen in Deuteronomy 6:4, Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. Its leaves are in clusters of groups of threes, but all grow from the same point on the stem. The Hebrew word echad means one comprised of more than one. The leaves of the Myrtle plant are a picture of the Father, Son and Ruach HaKodesh ”the Holy Spirit”as it says in Deuteronomy 6:4.