Profile: The Mediterranean region is home to the evergreen shrub known as Myrtus communis, or common myrtle. The plant was frequently linked to ancient rites and gods who celebrated protection and love. The fragrant leaves of the myrtle tree are used in potpourri blends and are also distilled to make essential oils. Traditional European herbalism also made use of myrtle leaves, which were frequently steeped in tea, used as a spice in food, and infused in oils.
The Mediterranean region as well as various tropical and subtropical areas are home to myrtle. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree with blue-black berries and star-shaped flowers that have an unusually large number of stamens. The berries ripen in the fall and early winter, and the blooms blossom in the summer. Myrtle was a Victorian marital fidelity sign and one of the Three Graces symbolism. Nymphs and myrtle trees are frequently linked.
The leaves can be used to roast and grill meats and vegetables as well as make tea. It imparts a spicy, aromatic flavor to whatever is roasted over it when used as firewood. The berries can be eaten, although few people do so because they are so bitter. The berries have been turned into jam and occasionally used in place of black pepper. There are numerous aromatic uses for every component of the plant.
Aphrodite and Demeter both regarded myrtle as sacred. It is connected to and revered at Beltane in wiccan and pagan rites (Mayday). It is one of the four sacred plants of Sukkot, the Feast of the Tabernacles, according to Jewish tradition. It is used to make the liqueur Mirto on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica.
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