Myrtle: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits

Myrtle: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits

MYRTLE

Myrtus communis

(family

Mirtaceae

)

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

The myrtle, scientific name Myrtus communis L., belongs to the family of Mirtaceae and it is a very famous plant since ancient times, a symbol of glory and happy love. It is also a plant with numerous medicinal properties as well as widely used as an aromatic plant.

It is a shrub with a very branched stem, very common in the Mediterranean coasts up to 1000 m of altitude.

The leaves are leathery of a beautiful intense green, shiny, opposite, without petiole and rich in numerous glands, visible against the light, containing the essential oil.The flowers are white, small, solitary that grow at the axil of the leaves. It blooms from May to July. The fruits are blue-blackish berries.

PROPERTY'

Myrtle contains tannin, essential oil consisting mainly of mirtol and geraniol, resins, citric acid and malic acid, vitamin C.

Its properties are: astringent, balsamic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

USED ​​PARTS OF THE PLANT

The parts of the plant used are the leaves, harvested in August and the fruits (berries) harvested in September - October.

HOW TO USE IT

Myrtle is used in herbal medicine for the preparation of medicaments for diseases of the respiratory tract and digestive system.

The main use is certainly in the liquor industry to make numerous drinks made from leaves or berries.

CURIOSITY'

The myrtle plant is also known as myrtle, murtea, or murta.

In Sardinia an excellent white or red liqueur is obtained depending on whether the leaves or berries are used.

WARNINGS

There are no contraindications reported in the use of this plant.

LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS

You see: Myrtle - The language of flowers and plants


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