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Myrtle is a low-growing plant with flowers that produce an intense, lovely aroma. It originated in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. At one time, myrtle was common throughout Palestine and Lebanon. Today, in Israel, most myrtle is grown intentionally for ornamental purposes; however some still grow wild in Upper Galilee and Golan.
Myrtle in Scripture:
“During the night I had a vision, and there before me was a man mounted on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses…Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, ‘They are the ones the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth’” (Zechariah 1:8).
“Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written” (Nehemiah 8:15).
Uses for myrtle:
Despite its ability to be used as a perfume, God used the trees as a part of the prophet Zechariah’s vision and as a prophetic picture of God's promised blessings. Today, Myrtle is extracted from the leaves via steam distillation. Myrtle is best used to soothe the respiratory system and balance the thyroid, as well as a variety of other health benefits.
Use a carrier oil such as olive oil to create a roll-on containing myrtle. Rub the roll-on mixture directly on the bottom the neck to stimulate the thyroid gland.
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Disclaimer: This article is not to take the place of any physician’s advice. Please contact your physician before using any of these oils. This article does not endorse or promote any specific oil companies.
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