Myrtle essential oil is made from the flowers, leaves, and stem of the myrtle plant or Myrtus communis L.. You can find it in the Mediterranean, northern Africa, India, and western Asia. It’s also about to be your new favorite remedy!
Clinical and experimental research studies suggest that the essential oil of myrtle possesses a broad range of benefits, which include antioxidative, anticancer, anti-diabetic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It also protects the liver and the nervous system.
Here are some of the most important uses of Myrtle essential oil:
1. It normalizes the functioning of the thyroid and ovaries
Dr. David Stewart describes the amazing way that the human body and this essential oil work together to promote thyroid health: Myrtle essential oil is an adaptogen that can stimulate an increase or a decrease in thyroid activity depending on a person’s condition (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism). Drugs are incapable of such intelligent discriminations and act only in preprogrammed directions, like robots, whether beneficial or not.
Myrtle oil has been researched by Daniel Penoel, M.D. of France for normalizing hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries. It also has benefits for decongesting the respiratory system and the sinuses.
2. It lowers blood sugar levels
Myrtle leaves, as well as the essential oil obtained from the leaves, are used to lower the blood sugar level in type-2 diabetic patients. A study worked with groups of diabetic and non-diabetic rabbits. They measured the effects of single and multiple doses of myrtle oil on blood sugar levels for both groups.
The non-diabetic rabbits did not experience a change in blood sugar levels after being given oral doses of the essential oil. However, the diabetic rabbits had a 51 percent reduction in blood sugar levels which appeared after 4 hours.
Researchers used 50 mg and 100 mg of myrtle oil per 1 kg of body weight. There was also a 14 percent reduction in serum triglyceride.
3. It can treat malaria
Myrtle oil has been traditionally used in Iran for the treatment of Malaria. Malaria is a parasitic disease of the blood which is passed to human beings by mosquitoes. It is a common disease in the Middle East and Africa, where it causes serious illness and death.
Scientists administered myrtle oil to mice that had been infected with Malaria and found that the treatment resulted in an 84 percent reduction of parasitic activity after four days of treatment. The treatment was not toxic to the mice, and researchers believed that this treatment offered promise for human cases of Malaria.
4. It repels mosquitoes
During the summer, dealing with mosquitos can be a pain. Instead of using harsh chemical products, reach for Myrtle essential oil. It can repel those pesky blood-suckers, according to a study in the Journal of Arthropod-Borne Diseases. This is especially useful if you’re in an area that’s prone to malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.
To use myrtle oil on the skin, dilute 1 drop in 1 drop of carrier oil. You can also use it in a wearable diffuser to protect you on the go.
5. It kills fungus and mold
In this study, researchers evaluated the antifungal activity of the essential oil of myrtle against Candida albicans and different species of Aspergillus. They also evaluated the synergistic effect between the essential oil and the antifungal drug amphotericin. They found that myrtle oil showed good antifungal activity even when it was used by itself.
6. It heals warts
Warts are a contagious skin disease, which is very hard to treat. According to Iranian study, two patients with common warts were treated with Myrtle essential oil. They had warts on the body and on the face. They were instructed to apply myrtle oil on the skin of their body, but not on the face. The results were the elimination of warts on the body as well as the face. Scientists hypothesized that Myrtle not only has antiviral effects but also may have systemic effects throughout the body.
7. It heals mouth ulcers
A mouth ulcer is a common, painful, and ulcerative disorder of the oral cavity with an unknown cause. Myrtle is used in some cultures as a treatment for mouth ulcers. According to studies, patients with mouth ulcers who applied Myrtle essential oil four times per day for six days improved their condition. Myrtle was effective in decreasing the size of oral ulcers, and it reduced skin redness, secretions, and pain.
8. It treats hemorrhoids
Because of its astringent action, due to the high tannin content, myrtle is very effective against hemorrhoids. Add 6 drops myrtle to 30 g (1oz) cold cream, and mix well. Apply a few times per day, when the pain and swelling are at their worst.
8. It cleanses your face and heals acne
Myrtle is very effective in bad cases of acne, especially when there are painful boils with whiteheads. Mix 10 ml (2 teaspoons) grapeseed oil, 1 drop wheat germ and 7 drops myrtle, and apply a few times per day until better. Cleanse the skin before and after applying the myrtle oil with a lotion made from 50 ml (2 fl oz) rosewater and 5 drops myrtle. This has a particularly astringent action on the greasy skin which is so often associated with bad acne.