by Stephanie Chambers and Dr. Christoph Streicher

For some green blessings on St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day), you may like to try Green Myrtle Essential Oil or Calophyllum Oil.

Green Myrtle

Green myrtle canstockphoto4439755Green Myrtle Essential Oil is traditionally used to relieve respiratory problems such as coughs or colds and urinary complaints. It is a fresh-smelling antiseptic essential oil. It is also said to be good for people who have hyperthyroid complaints or acne.

Over the centuries, Green Myrtle has been a symbol of peace, love and fidelity. It’s seen as a hug you can give yourself during hard times. Its antiseptic and slightly sedative qualities make it an excellent choice for children when they have coughs, bronchitis or other respiratory complaints. It is less intrusive, more soothing and more child friendly than eucalyptus.

To use it for respiratory ailments, inhale it directly from the bottle or diffuse it or dilute it to 2-4 % (10 to 20 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil) and apply on the chest area. To use it for bladder or urinary infections, add a few drops to some bath salts and add to a sitz bath or normal bath. To use it for acne, oily skin or open pores, dilute it to 1% (5 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil) and apply to the skin. To use it for hemorrhoids, dilute it to 3% (15 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil) and apply to affected areas. 

Calophyllum Oil

Calophyllum oil - green oilCalophyllum Oil is said to have properties that accelerate wound healing and new cell growth. Many have found it comforting for achy joints, rheumatism, arthritis and sciatica.

Calophyllum oil is made from a fruit that grows in Madagascar, southern Africa, islands in the South Pacific and many other tropical islands.

Calophyllum oil is non-irritating to the mucus membranes, so it can generally be used on sensitive areas on the body. It is also said to help the healing of burns, rashes and insect bites.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have you used Green Myrtle Essential Oil or Calophyllum Oil? Please let us know your experiences with these oils below, so that all can benefit.


Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.