Myrtle oil is produced by steam distillation of the leaves, twigs and sometimes flowers of this fragrant shrub which grows wild across Southern Europe and Northern Africa.
Myrtle has a gentle, camphoraceous aroma which is also sweet and fresh.
It blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Clary Sage, spice oils, Bergamot and other citrus oils.
For a cleansing, uplifting aroma, try 3 drops of Myrtle with 2 drops of Bergamot and 1 drop of Lime in a burner or diffuser.
Other members of Myrtle's family include Tea Tree and Eucalyptus and, as can be expected from this, it is highly anti-septic and clearing.
Myrtle is not as harsh as its relatives and is ideal for use on children.
To keep winter chills at bay, try diffusing 2 drops of Myrtle in a child's bedroom half an hour before bedtime.
As its aroma is less stimulating than other anti-septic oils, try adding 4 drops of Myrtle and 2 drops of Bergamot (blended in 10ml of Sweet Almond oil) to warm bathwater at bedtime (halve the number of drops for children from 3 to 12).