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Myrtle (Myrtus communis)



Cough suppressant, astringent, anti-inflammatory

Areas of application:

Cystitis, prostate problems, diarrhea, bronchitis, asthma, chronic cold, respiratory diseases, impure skin, acne, inflammation of the intimate areas, vaginal itching, hemorrhoids, dandruff, gingivitis, bleeding gums

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

June, July

To find:

This shrub occurs in large numbers in the Mediterranean region, but is not hardy here.


Essential oils, myrtenol, geraniol, limonene, pinene, tannins, resins


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of leaves and let it steep for about 5 minutes. 1 to 2 cups daily are sufficient.

Smoking with myrtle is used to cleanse and purify rooms and the people living in them, especially before a ritual or before meditation.

Myrtle is often used as a spice in oriental cuisine. It has a certain bitterness, the taste can best be classified between bay leaf and rosemary. You can use it sparingly to season soups, meat and fish. Some leaves also belong in herbal preparations, such as vinegar or herbal liqueurs. In Italy, myrtle is used as firewood to grill meat or fish. The rising smoke flavors the grilled food.

The bush's berries are about 10 mm in size, much smaller than the flowers, which grow up to 3 cm. In Greece they are eaten together with dried figs.

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