Botanically known as Backhousia citriodora, lemon myrtle is native to the subtropical rain forests of Australia. Lemon myrtle, often referred to as just myrtle, seldom fails to enchant and revive your senses with its refreshing lemony aroma. This herb has more citral content (90-98 percent) than lemon (3-10 percent), which is known to contribute to its uplifting lemony fragrance. But its list of amazing benefits is even more overpowering than its aromatic magic. Here are five benefits of myrtle tree oil you may not know of:

1. Antimicrobial
Lemon myrtle oil is a proven antimicrobial agent, making it a great choice for any antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal blends. Add two drops of this oil to 1tsp of olive oil to treat infectious illnesses. It is known to prevent the spread of infections arising from E.coli, Staph and Candida interventions.

2. Astringent
Lemon myrtle makes for an excellent mouthwash because of its astringent properties. It not only gives you fresh breath, but also improves your gum health and makes your teeth strong. The astringent property of this oil makes it a great remedy to treat skin problems like ringworm, athlete’s foot and wounds. You can also add it to your beauty regime as it contracts and tightens the skin, thereby reducing wrinkles.

3. Expectorant
The decongestant and expectorant properties of lemon myrtle tree oil make it a trusted respiratory aid, as it helps to clear out lungs and treat chest congestion, colds, bronchitis and sinusitis. It encourages productive coughing, thereby initiating the release of phlegm. Add two drops of this oil to a vaporizing ointment, and gently massage the same over your chest, neck, back and forehead to relieve congestion and ease breathing.

4. Sedative
The lemony scent is known to work wonders in alleviating stress, release tension and calm your mind. Massage a few drops on the soles of your feet to concede complete relaxation, sleep better and augment your self-confidence. Alternatively, add about four to five drops of the same to your oil diffuser to give your mind the natural uplifting boost that it may need.

5. Aphrodisiac
Perhaps this is why this oil is associated with Aphrodite! Lemon myrtle works well to relieve sexual problems like frigidity, impotency and erectile dysfunction. It is also known to improve your libido and enhance your sex life.

The natural lemony scent will not only revive your senses and make you calm, but also keep you away from infections and add some spice in your sex life. Don’t need any more reasons to use it, do you?

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