Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is a shrub commonly found in Iran. The fruit, leaves, and branches are used in traditional Persian medicine.
Myrtle contains chemicals that might help fight against fungus and bacteria, and reduce swelling.
People use myrtle for acne, canker sores, abnormally heavy bleeding during menstrual periods, persistent heartburn, warts, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
- Diabetes/Blood Sugar
- Hormonal Balance
- Skin Health
- Brain Boosting
When taken by mouth: Myrtle berry is possibly safe when used short-term. But undiluted myrtle leaf oil is likely unsafe. Myrtle leaf contains a chemical that can cause serious breathing problems and other side effects. There isn’t enough reliable information available to know if myrtle leaf, myrtle branch, or myrtle berry extract are safe or what the side effects might be.
When applied to the skin: Diluted myrtle leaf extract is possibly safe. Side effects might include skin irritation and dryness.
When applied to the vagina: Diluted myrtle leaf extract is possibly safe when used in vaginal suppositories, short-term.