Kobashi 香桃木精油 Myrtle Essential Oil


LATIN NAME: myrtus communis.
SOURCE: Steam distilled from fresh leaves, twigs and flowering shoots
COLOUR: clear red/brown
ORIGIN: Morocco
AROMA: Camphoric, fresh, sweet, spicy with herbaceous notes

TYPE: Main chemical components:
Area% Library/ID Ref# CAS# Match Quality
15.64 .ALPHA.-PINENE 25368 000080-56-8 96
0.43 .BETA.-PINENE 25357 000127-91-3 96
0.63 MYRCENE 25355 000123-35-3 94
0.82 .DELTA.-3-CARENE 25354 013466-78-9 97
0.16 .ALPHA.-TERPINENE 24981 000099-86-5 98
21.67 PARA-CYMENE 23308 000099-87-6 97,-
1,8-CINEOLE 40554 000470-82-6 95 AND LIMONENE 25358 000138-86-3 74
0.78 .GAMMA.-TERPINENE 25032 000099-85-4 97
0.92 .ALPHA.-TERPINOLENE 25094 000586-62-9 98
10.84 LINALOOL L 40593 000078-70-6 97
2.00 METHYL CHAVICOL 34117 000140-67-0 95
4.80 LINALYL ACETATE 80902 000115-95-7 91
16.70 MYRTENYLACETATE 78511 001079-01-2 50
1.36 .ALPHA.-TERPINENYL ACETATE 80897 000080-26-2 91
0.11 EUGENOL 48958 000097-53-0 98
0.48 NERYL ACETATE 80895 000141-12-8 91
3.53 GERANYL ACETATE 80705 000105-87-3 91
1.23 METHYL EUGENOL 62467 000093-15-2 98

QUALITIES: A valuable winter oil. Vaporise to reduce airborne germs or add to massage oil for a clearing chest rub. It is an expectorant, and useful for treating colds, and catarrh. Patricia Davis in her book, An A to Z of Aromatherapy recommends the use of myrtle for children rather than eucalyptus, as it is a relatively mild and non stimulating oil. An extract of the leaves is used locally in North Africa to alleviate coughs and chest complaints, especially in children. It is also helpful in treating oily skin conditions. Because of its pleasant aroma myrtle is acceptable to both male and female and makes an excellent addition to a mild soap base for cleansing teenage problem skin.

In sixteenth century Europe the leaves and flowers were the major ingredients of a skin lotion known as 'angels water'. Used as a flavouring ingredient in food seasonings. The ancient Persians regarded the plant as holy, and in Egypt the women wore its blossoms together with pomegranate and lotus on festive occasions. The Greeks held it sacred to Aphrodite and the Romans to Venus.

Blends well with Clary sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Lime, Hyssop and the Spice oils.

A member of the Myrtaceae family, it is a large evergreen shrub or small tree generally 3-7 metres, with reddish brown branches and sharp glossy dark green pointed leaves, creamy white flowers are produced in the summer followed by small reddish-blue to violet berries. Both the leaves and flowers are fragrant. Native to North Africa but widely grown around the Mediterranean and Europe, often as a garden shrub.

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