Myrtle (Myrtus)


Myrtle Scientific Name


Myrtle Other Names

English: Myrtle
Hindi: Saona, Sawani, Farash
Sanskrit: Siddhesvara
Latin: Myrtus Communis
French: Myrte
Italian: Mirto
German: Myrte, Brautmyrte

What is Myrtle?

Myrtle is an evergreen shrub that has a glossy aromatic foliage with white flowers and purple-black berries. It’s been used for long time in Ayurveda, for helping with marriage fidelity, protection, and love.  From the same plant family as Tea Tree and Eucalyptus, the plants are known for supporting respiratory health and promoting healthy veins and circulation of the lower GI tract.

Common forms of Myrtle

Oil, Leaves, Flowers

Myrtle is commonly used for:

  • Strengthening respiratory health
  • Managing diabetes
  • Managing hormonal balance
  • Fighting bacteria
  • Clearing acne and other skin problems
  • Increasing brain activity
  • Treating tuberculosis
  • Treating whooping cough
  • Treating worms
  • Treating diarrhea
  • Treating bronchitis
  • Relieving heartburn

Myrtle Dosage

Essential Oil: Myrtle essential oil can be used in the bath, or vaporized in an oil burner. It can be added to massage oil or cream. Use 6-8 drops per bath and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil.

Myrtle Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: The oil of myrtle is unsafe when taken by mouth. It contains a chemical that can cause low blood pressure, blood circulation disorders, and other problems.
Not so common side-effects: The plant has an antifertility effect.
Pregnancy or breast-feeding: Do not take myrtle by mouth if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Children: Myrtle is unsafe for children. Contact with the oil could cause breathing problems and possibly death in infants and small children. If contact occurs, seek medical attention immediately.
Do not take Myrtle by mouth.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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