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Myrtle Essential Oil
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Myrtle essential oil has an aroma that is spicy, camphor-like and fresh.

Botanical Name: Myrtus communis L.

Common Name: Myrtle

Plant Part: Leaf

Form: Essential Oil

Family: Myrtaceae

Synonyms: Corsican pepper, wax myrtle

Origin: Native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia. It's widely cultivated elsewhere, especially common in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Tunisia is the major supplier of the oil, with Spain, France and Italy, Corsica producing small quantities.

Botanical Description: An evergreen shrub or small tree, generally 3 to 7-meter (9 to 25 ft) high. It has stiff branches and reddish twigs, with dark glossy green leaves. The attractive flowers are white or pinkish and very fragrant. Fruits are round, reddish-blue to violet berries. The whole plant is very aromatic.

Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh leaves. The oil is yellow to greenish-yellow mobile liquid. Yield 0.25 to 0.55%.

Aroma Profile: Myrtle has a strong camphoraceous, spicy, sweet and herbaceous top note. The middle note is fresh, sweet, herbaceous and camphoraceous. The dry out note is non-tenacious.

Major Constituents: á-pinene, 1,8-cineole, myrtenyl acetate, limonene, á-terpinyl acetate, linalool

Common Adulterants: Cineole

Regulatory Status: Food additive. FDA 121.1163. 172.510

Aroma Benefits: harmonizing, relaxing

Blends Well With: Lavender, lavandin, clary sage, sandalwood, hyssop, bay, bergamot, lautel, clove, cinnamon, lime, rosemary

Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing

Directories: Essential Oils

Description: Myrtle essential oil has an aroma that is spicy, camphor-like and fresh.

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