Myrtus communis

The plant

Myrtus communis or Myrtle is an evergreen shrub native to north Africa, southern Europe and west Asia. It has been known to grow to up to five metres tall with white or tinged pink leaves. The flowers bloom in mid-spring to early summer before giving way to purplish-black berries. 


Myrtle Essential oil, both red and green have a sweet, fresh, green and slightly camphorous aroma. Distilled from the small glossy green leaves the red Myrtle essential oil has a higher monoterpene a-Pinene content and therefore has a stronger camphourous aroma. Both however share a light, fresh and uplifting aroma. 

For Aromatherapy

Emotionally, green Myrtle essential oil is known for calming the mind, promoting restful sleep and easing anxiety. Both oils blend particularly well in the mint, wood, herbaceous and citrus families. It’s been known to be used for the following issues: 


  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs
  • Colds
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Fatigue
  • Acne
  • Insomnia
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Boils

The market

Growing both wild and cultivated, Red and Green Myrtle Essential Oil are readily available on the market. Supply, although seasonal is strong with prices stable.


Atlassence offers Certified Organic Red and Green Myrtle Essential Oil. Grown and distilled in the Azrou region of Morocco in the Mid Atlas Mountains, our Myrtle Essential Oil has been exported to Europe, Asia and American markets.

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