Myrtle (Myrtus Communis)
The Myrtus communis or as it is popularly known, the myrtle is a native of Northern Africa, Southern Europe, and the Mediterranean. This is a herb that was well respected in ancient times for treating infection and fever related to infection.
The herb is known for its stomachic, stimulant, rubefacient, cordial, carminative, decongestant, astringent, aromatic, astringent, anti-viral, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial properties.
Accordingly, it is used today extensively in the treatment of dry coughs, bronchial congestion, digestive problems, and urinary infections. It is also used to treat hemorrhoids.
Egyptians used myrtle – crushed the leaves in wine and drank it - in the treatment of pulmonary infections, bladder conditions, and stomach problems. In Britain, it is generally used for genito-urinary problems and bronchial infections.
In Ayurveda, Myrtus communis is used for treating epilepsy and a number of cerebral infections. It is normally taken as a tea and essential oil when used medicinally. It is also used in the regular cooking of meats and vegetables where it can substitute for bay leaf.
🡆It is not recommended for pregnant women.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!