Health Benefits of Myrtle

– Rich in Vitamins A and C, fresh myrtle is also a mild laxative. Use dried myrtle to prepare a laxative herbal tea: boil 2 to 3 ounces (50 to 80 grams) in a quart of water for 5 minutes, remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes; filter and drink 2 to 6 cups a day.

– Swedish researchers recommend myrtle (powdered peel) as a natural remedy for cases if infant diarrhoea.

– Myrtle contains anthocyanosides, substances that destroy a variety of viruses and bacteria often associated with cases of infectious diarrhoea.

– Experiments conducted in France and Hungary demonstrated the benefits of myrtle in combating the harmful effects of cholesterol on veins and arteries. Eating myrtle regularly is a good way to prevent arteriosclerosis.

– Herbal tea made from myrtle leaves lowers blood sugar levels and helps disinfect the urinary tract.

– As a gargle, myrtle tea soothes sore throats. Soak an ounce (about 30 grams) of leaves in a quart of water, bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes. Drink small amounts throughout the day.

– Myrtle helps strengthen fragile capillaries, and improves night vision. Eat fresh berries whenever possible.

– Not recommended for persons suffering from hyperchlorhydric gastritis.

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