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” ( 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.

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