Botanical Name Myrtus communis CT cineole Myrtle 
Botanical family Myrtaceae 
Origin Tunisia 
Method Complete distillation by steam distillation  
Plant part Leafy twigs 
Note Middle Top 
Appearance limpid mobile liquid 
Color orange-yellow 
Odor characteristic, minty and camphoric 
Biochemical composition of the essential oil Oxides (45–50%): 1,8-cineole 
Monoterpenes (20–25%): pinenes 
Monoterpene alcohols (10–15%): linalool, myrtenol, alpha-terpineol  
Therapeutic properties  Anticatarrhal, expectorant ++++  
Anti-infective ++ 
Hypnotic +++ 
Prostatic decongestant ++  
Thyroid stimulant ++ 
Main therapeutic indications  Colds, influenza, otitis, sinusitis +++ 
Bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sore throats, bronchiolitis +++ Hypothyroidism +++ 
Wrinkles and fine lines +++ 
Insomnia +++ 
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