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Myrtle has always had an extremely positive meaning: super common in places like Sardinia and Corsica, it was the herb dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and lust. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of myrtle being an aphrodisiac herb. It does make an awesome liquor though. Apart from alcoholic goodies, myrtle is commonly used for its essential oil, which can be applied during aromatherapy, and to alleviate respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma: applying a couple drops under the nostrils will allow the eucalyptus-like smell to clean the passage of oxygen and calm the body: breathing will be slower and more regular That is why I believe that this oil is great for people with seasonal allergies, to try and limit the effects of pollens.

Myrtle essential oil is also said to be beneficial for acne, as it has antibacterial properties and is rich in antioxidants, that help the cells heal quicker. As a decoction, it can be awesome for bronchitis, and it is even more effective with a little bit of honey, also rich of antibacterial properties Now the only part of the myrtle that we haven’t considered are the fruits: again, they are used to create a sick digestive (I really suggest you to try it), but they also have tonic and astringent properties. As a bonus, myrtle berries are said to have properties that help keeping an alert mind.

So, why not go to the pharmacy (or an herbalist’s shop, if you’re feeling fancy) and try some? It costs around five euros, and It does wonders!

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