(Myrtus communis)

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Small tree with persistent leaves of the Mediterranean area from 1 to 3 m of which one uses flowers, leaves and berries.

Myrtle is astringent tonic and disinfectant, in external use to cure affections of the skin psoriasis, herpes, wounds, contusions and in internal use to heal digestive or urinary disorders, cystitis, sinusitis, cough, throat, heumorroids.
The branches were formerly burned as incense.

Infusion : One spoonful for one boiling bowl of water, 2 cups a day.

Cough syrup; 75g of dried leaves for 1 liter of boiling water, let infuse during 8 hours in a covered container; filter, add 1.5 Kg of sugar, gently cook to get a syrup; 3 table spoons a day.

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Myrtus, myrtle, common myrtle, Myrtus communis, true myrtle