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Question: myrtle


I would like to know if something can be done with myrtle dried leaves or they are of no use. Since I have some because the branches have dried up before being thrown away, I wanted to know if they have any function. I await an answer thanks

Answer: myrtle


Dear Luigina,
the myrtle is a typical plant of the Mediterranean scrub, always used in the kitchen and in herbal medicine, there are traces of the use of this plant already in the documents of the ancient Romans; the leaves contain a series of active ingredients, which are used to promote cough healing, throat and nose affections, and to treat mucosal and skin infections.
With the dried leaves an infusion is prepared, using about a teaspoon in about 200 ml of hot water, to leave infused for a few minutes; this infusion is used as a drink, or to gargle; is prepared with myrtle leaves also a decoction, leaving them to boil in water for a few minutes, and thus obtaining an excellent product to cleanse eczema or vaginal lavage.
The active ingredients contained in myrtle leaves if taken in large quantities they can be harmful to health, therefore in general the use of mother tinctures or essential oil obtained from the leaves is not widespread.
This plant is used in Italy as an aromatic plant, typically in Sardinia, where myrtle grows in large numbers.
The leaves, fresh or dried, are used a bit like rosemary, to flavor mainly meat dishes, such as the famous "porceddu" with myrtle, in fact this plant is particularly good when paired with pork dishes.
Clear that the leaves to be used for herbalism or in the kitchen must in no way have been treated with chemical products, especially in the period next to collection.
Typically, in addition to the leaves, the myrtle also uses berries in the kitchen, but also to produce the famous Sardinian liqueur, which is called Mirto; this liqueur also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, and is often used in case of colds, coughs, bronchitis, sore throats.