Myrtle (Myrtus communis) is native to the Mediterranean region and to the northwestern Himalayas. It is an evergreen, bushy shrub with small white and yellow flowers. Myrtle also has berries with a sweet-spicy taste. It is a member of the Myrtaceae family. The applicable parts of myrtle are the leaf and branch. It contains a volatile oil, tannins, and acylphloroglucinols. Myrtle stimulates the mucous membranes of the stomach and deodorizes the breath. It has fungicidal, disinfectant, and antibacterial properties.
Orally, myrtle has been used for acute and chronic respiratory infections including broncitis and whooping cough, as well as for diarrhea and bladder conditions.
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Cautions Orally, myrtle can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.