Other Names: Mort, Murt, Sazak tree, Myrtus communis
Botanical Information: It is a plant from the Myrtle family, 1-5m tall, sometimes in the form of a shrub, sometimes in the form of a small tree, with very frequently forked and very dense leaves. Its leaves are light bright green and the old leaves are dark green, leathery, egg and spear-shaped, long-pointed, and its edges are entire. . Its flowers consist of five white oval or egg-shaped pieces and have small white knobs at the ends. The fruits are round or egg-shaped, pea-sized, bluish black or rarely white.
Places of Cultivation: Native to the Mediterranean countries, myrtle grows wild in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions of Turkey.
Known Composition: Tannin, resin, some bitter substances and essential oils in the leaves and flowering branches of myrtle; Its fruits contain high levels of vitamin A, tannin, sugar and acids.
Collection and Storage: Since myrtle is always green, its leaves can be collected and utilized in every season. But the most suitable time is from May to September. Because it contains more essential oil in these months.
It is appetizing.
It has an antiseptic effect on urinary tract infections.
It has blood-soothing effects due to its tissue and vascular astringent properties.
It is a strengthening agent and prevents diarrhea, especially in children.
How to Use: Drink a glass of tea twice a day, prepared by pouring 4 cups of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried myrtle leaves and letting it brew for 10-15 minutes.
Benefits of Myrtle Oil: 1-2 drops are applied externally to boils, pimples and acne.
WARNING: It has no side effects if the recipe is followed, but excessive dosage of myrtle leaf tea may cause stomach and intestinal disorders and insomnia.