aromatic profile: myrtle

myrtle essential oil


 

Common name: Myrtle

Genus Species: Myrtus Communis

Top 5 chemical compounds found in Myrtle:

  • myrtenyl acetate (33%!)
  • 1,8-cineole
  • linalool
  • alpha-pinene
  • linonene

Myrtle contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.  It can have an uplifting, euphoric effect on the mind and can help balance “…the male and female energies of the body by releasing anger and inner conflict” (www.experience-essential-oils.com). Nice to know.

When I first smelled this on the scent strip I was struck with a very camphorous , fresh, clean, open air impression. Some other aromatic components that were quite palpable: a slightly woody presence, slightly sweet, bright and light.

After 1 hour I interpreted a forest, even though it was less noticeable, it did change and somehow went from a top note to a middle or base note all in just an hour! Very nice, very surprising.

3 hours later there were only slight traces of it left like a delicate summer rain, with more of the woody nuance coming to the foreground.

The next day the smell was sharper, more medicinal but with interesting corners to it, a nice dry-down that is still traceable.

image credit: howstuffworks.com


 

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