Scottish Bog Myrtle – (Myrica gale) is one of our most popular ranges – not to be confused with Myrtus Communis, which is native to the Mediterranean region.
For us, the smell of bog myrtle immediately takes us back to our childhood walks through the moor to our peat bog in Glendale on the Isle of Skye.
All five sisters used to run through the heather and bog myrtle in our red wellies, picking bog cotton while our parents got down to the hard work of cutting the peats!
Traditionally, Highlanders carried sprigs of bog myrtle to keep the midges away and even put it in their mattresses to keep insects at bay.
The wonderful antibacterial properties of bog myrtle, often referred to as Scotland’s tea tree had mostly been forgotten but it is now having a resurgence in popularity due to its therapeutic benefits and fresh lemony scent.
These walks inspired our bog myrtle scrubby bar range, which uses heather as an exfoliant.