In modern times, many people are moving away from modern medicine. They understand that while the principles of the scientific method are good and there are plenty of positives to come out of medicine, the moneymen have corrupted it.
If there’s no money behind a specific compound, then the laboratories avoid research. They will also downplay any beneficial effects in the hope of turning people away from that particular remedy. They do this when something is highly available, e.g. garlic, because they will not be able to turn a profit if garlic were to be shown to have a positive impact on one of their money-spinners, e.g. anxiety.
For this reason, we hardly ever hear scientific talk about Myrtle, or bayberry, as it is otherwise called. It’s too easy to cultivate at home, and so there’s no point in the scientific community researching it too closely – there’s no money to be made, unfortunately, so no funding into research.
However, there are many proven health benefits when it comes to Myrtle. Different types of plant have different types of benefits, but collectively, the myrtle family has the following benefits:
- Anti-microbial properties: myrtle is widely used by people to ward off illnesses and help the immune system protect itself against bacterial infections. Myrtle is frequently used as a preventative, rather than a cure.
- Used for diarrhoea: whilst myrtle tends not to have a complete effect on the digestive system in the same way that ginger has (ginger can settle many types of upset tummy), it does have an effect of reducing diarrhoea.
- Fighting off the common cold: in medicines across the world (e.g. Chinese, Indian, etc.), myrtle is particular beneficial in fighting off the common cold. If you're the type of person who regularly picks up the annual cold, then a myrtle supplement should help a lot.
- Halitosis: as well as fighting off the common cold, myrtle also helps to soothe the throat when you do have a cold. Furthermore, it eradicates that awful taste/smell that some people have when they catch a cold. This is because it is great at neutralising certain types of chemical, such as sulphur. For this reason, it’s extremely common for people to use myrtle as a mouthwash. It both gets rid of bad breath and it soothes the throat.
- As a feminine douche: some women use myrtle as a feminine douche. It has been shown to help with certain types of infection, such as yeast infections. However, you do need to be cautious here, because you can upset the gentle balance if you use too much or if the preparation is too strong.
- For inducing perspiration and reduce fever: finally, people use bayberry to induce sweating. Sweating will help the body deal with a fever. It can feel incredibly relieving.
Finally, just one word of caution: Do not use myrtle if you are pregnant. It can cause miscarriage.
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