Myrtle is a plant. The fruit, leaves, and branches are used to make medicine.
People take myrtle for treating lung infections including bronchitis, whooping cough, and tuberculosis. They also take it for bladder conditions, diarrhea, persistent heartburn, heavy periods, yeast infections, and worms.
Myrtle is used on the skin for warts and in the mouth for canker sores and thrush.
Myrtle is used in the vagina for the sexually transmitted infection, human papillomavirus (HPV).
Myrtle might help fight against fungus and bacteria. Some chemicals in myrtle might help to decrease inflammation.
Diluted myrtle leaf extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when used on the skin or when used in the vagina. Irritation and dryness are possible. The oil of myrtle is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It contains a chemical that can cause low blood pressure, blood circulation disorders, and other problems.
There isn't enough information to know if taking the leaf, branch, or berry of myrtle by mouth is safe.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take myrtle by mouth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Don't use it.
Children: Myrtle is UNSAFE for children. Even simple facial contact with the oil can cause breathing problems and death in infants and small children.
There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
IN THE VAGINA:
- For a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to genital warts or cancer (human papillomavirus or HPV): Suppositories containing myrtle leaf extract 10% and leaf essential oil 0.5% have been placed into the vagina on the non-menstruating days of each cycle for up to three menstrual cycles.
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