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Myrtle Essential Oil


When working with Myrtle Essential Oil, it is helpful to pay close attention to the botanical name and its chemical composition. Both Green Myrtle Essential Oil and Red Myrtle Essential Oil typically share the same botanical name, Myrtus communis. Generally speaking, both essential oils share similar applications. However, Green Myrtle Essential Oil contains significantly more of the monoterpene a-Pinene than does Red Myrtle, and Red Myrtle contains much more of the oxide 1,8 Cineole than does Green Myrtle. Green Myrtle Oil

Green Myrtle Essential Oil is generally sourced from Corsica. Red Myrtle Essential Oil tends to be redder in color than Green Myrtle Essential Oil, but this is not necessarily a foolproof way or determining the composition of the particular Myrtle Essential Oil that you have.

Green Myrtle Oil

Both Green and Red Myrtle Essential Oils share a light, fresh, uplifting aroma. However, Red Myrtle Essential Oil is more "camphorous" in aroma due to its significantly higher 1,8 Cineole content. 1,8 Cineole is an oxide, but it is somewhat camphor-like in aroma.

Emotionally, Green Myrtle Essential Oil may be helpful in calming the mind, easing anxiety and promoting restful sleep.

Green and Red Myrtle Essential Oils blend particularly well with essential oils in the mint, herbaceous, wood and citrus families.

Botanical Name

Myrtus communis

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Green Myrtle Essential Oil is typically pale yellow in color. Red Myrtle Essential Oil typically possesses an orange-red hue.



Perfumery Note

Top - Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Sweet, fresh, green and slightly camphorous in aroma. Red Myrtle Essential Oil is more camphorous in aroma than is Green Myrtle Essential Oil due to its higher 1,8 Cineole content.

Myrtle Oil Uses

Respiratory issues, bronchitis, coughs, colds, fatigue, exhaustion, insomnia, acne, boils, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections. [Valerie Ann Worwod, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 606-607. Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 235-236.]

Major Constituents of Green Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtenyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 80-82. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 358.]

Major Constituents of Red Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtenyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[Private Communication: Berger, 1998. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 357-358.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young recommend a maximum dermal use level of "1.9% for myrtle oils based on either 1.4% estragole and 0.8% methyleugenol content or 0.2% estragole and 1.0% methyleugenol content, and dermal limits of 0.12% and 0.02% for estragole and emthyleugenol, respectively." Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 357-358.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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