Myrtle symbolized love throughout ancient Greece and Rome. It was often planted around temples, worn as crowns by Eleusinian Mystery priests and in a 16th century skin formula called “Angels Water”. Myrtle was also incorporated into Greek weddings and is still today. The plants properties were described by Culpepper as “drying and binding”, so it was used to treat wet conditions such as diarrhea and dysentery.
When working with Myrtle Essential Oil, it is helpful to pay close attention to the botanical name and its chemical composition.
APPEARANCE Pale Yellow/orange mobile Liquid
ODOUR Bitter astringent
SPECIFIC GRAVITY @20°C 0.880 to 0.920
REFRACTIVE INDEX @25°C 1.451 to 1.491
SOLUBILITY Insoluble In Water, Soluble In Ethyl Alcohol
FLASHPOINT (°C) >45°
GENERAL CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS
Alpha-Pinene, Eucalyptol (1, 8-Cineol)
Estragole (Methyl Cavical)