Myrtle Materia Medica


The name myrtle derives from the Greek myrtos. In ancient times, myrtle was the symbol of love, immortality, peace, justice, honor and authority. There are a number of varieties of myrtle. In aromatherapy, green (linalool type) and red (cineole type) varieties are used.

Myrtle was a prized medicinal plant among ancient physicians but fell into obscurity until the mid-19th century when its use was revived a French physician. The Egyptians used myrtle to treat facial tics and the Romans used it for respiratory and urinary disorders. The Greeks considered it to be an aphrodisiac.

In the modern era, myrtle oil is more commonly used than are herbal infusions, tinctures etc. The essential oil exerts the following therapeutic actions: anti-allergic; antiseptic; antispasmodic; astringent; carminative; expectorant; decongestant (lymphatics and venous system); immune stimulant; liver and gall bladder stimulant; parasiticide; sedative; uterine tonic.

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20 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Tubercular
Sefirot: Binah/Chesed Interface
Constitutional Type: Neurasthenia
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; homeopathic remedy Stannum metallicum and the Silver series; lungs, air organism and the Metal Element; references to myrtle in Scripture; the Book of Esther; neurasthenia; Tubercular miasm; Binah/Chesed Interface.

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