Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is a marvelous evergreen shrub. Its fragrant leaves, when steam distilled, yield a healing essential oil – reminding us that the fruit of trees “shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” (Ezekial 47:12)
The essential oil of myrtle is a decongestant, and an aid to the respiratory system, sinus infections, colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. Dr. Penoel, M.D. of France, shares that myrtle normalizes hormonal imbalances of the thyroid, hyperthyroid, and ovaries. To benefit from this biblical plant, one can apply the essential oil of myrtle topically, diffuse, or use in a humidifier. It is gentle and useful for children’s chest complaints and coughs. Note: One way to start when applying topically is to dilute 50/50 in a vegetable oil, such as V6, and rub on the chest and upper back.
Six times, myrtle is directly mentioned in the Bible. It is first mentioned after the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in the 6th century BC, during the time of captivity of the Children of Israel.
- During the Feast of the Tabernacles, a custom was to dwell in booths made out of boughs of trees. Nehemiah 8:15 cites myrtle as one of the trees used for this practice. “And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.” The Feast of the Tabernacles celebrates the sojourning of the children of Israel in the wilderness and the gathering in of the fruits of the year.
- The Prophet Zechariah, who preached repentance from the 2nd to 4th year of Darius (520-518 BC), saw a vision of an angel of God standing among the myrtle trees. Three times, myrtle trees were mentioned as the location where the angel stood. Perhaps this man of God was enjoying the beauty and fragrance of the myrtle as he prayed and prepared for his work. (Zechariah 1: 7-11)
- The Prophet Isaiah, in his description of the recovery of Israel, spoke positively of myrtle stating: “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree” (Isaiah 55:13).
- Again from Isaiah 41:19, we read: “I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together.”
Also fascinating are traditional uses of myrtle not referenced in the Bible:
- Anciently, myrtle was used to make perfume and ink.
- Myrtle branches have traditionally been used for strewing on the graves of loved ones in Syria and Lebanon. (Musselman, 2007)
Key Constituents of myrtle include Alpha-Pinene [45-60%)]; 1,8 Cineol (Eucalyptol) [17-27%]; Limonene [5-11%]; Linalol [2-5%]
Both Alpha-Pinene and Limonene are popular monoterpenes, found in many essential oils! Monoterpenes can be described as balancing and healing. An oxide, 1,8 Cineol is decongesting and also known for increasing blood flow in the brain, which can relieve head pain. Linalol is an alcohol, a category which is generally energizing, stimulating, toning, cleansing, bactericidal, antiviral, antiseptic, gentle, and mild.
In a nutshell, myrtle is a great oil to have in your “at-home preparedness kit.” It has been used for practical purposes for centuries and you may enjoy it, too!
To experience myrtle, as a proud Distributor, I recommend Young Living Essential Oils! They are pure and therapeutic-grade. Myrtle essential oil is available in 15 mL bottles (Order Code: 3596) or as part of the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture kit (Order Code: 3143). To purchase the essential oil of myrtle, please visit my website and provide my Young Living Member # 517938 when ordering:
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When you receive your selection, let me know how myrtle resonates with you! We can again review its properties, its value, and application methods. It’s an absolutely awesome oil and I’m excited for you to try it!
Donna Evans, YL #517938
Herbal Educator / Young Living Distributor