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What is so unique about Lemon Myrtle Tea?

The scientific name for Lemon Myrtle is “Backhousia Citiodora”. Its common names are lemon myrtle, lemon scented myrtle andlemon scented ironwood. It is a flowing plant endemic to subtropical rainforests of central and south eastern Queensland, Australia, with a natural distribution from Mackay to Brisbane. Other common names are sweet verbena tree, sweet verbena myrtle, lemon scented verbena, and lemon scented backhousia.

In Australia, lemon myrtle is a quintessential plant and represents the Australian heritage. It is also an absolute delight for any garden. Lemon Myrtle is actually a common ingredient used in cooking recipes in Australia. It complements many delights from fish to soup, ice cream & tea. Myrtle can also be used as a tisane, much like it is used in ayurvedic medication. Its scent is so similar to the lemongrass plant, that it is used as a substitute for Asian cooking.

Do note that lemon myrtle is unsuitable for extended cooking times, as the lemon flavor begins to dissipate, and a strong eucalyptus flavor can begin to emerge. For this reason, lemon myrtle is more successfully used to flavor cookies, ice creams and sorbets, pasta, stir-fries, fish, and grilled meats than foods requiring longer cooking times, such as roasts and dense cakes. In addition to its use in prepared dishes, lemon myrtle is a good choice to add flavor to spice rubs and marinades for poultry and fish, flavored vinegars, salad dressings, and dips.[1]

Lemon Myrtle is without a doubt the most popular of Australia’s native herbs, with its fresh fragrance of creamy lemon and lime. It complements so many culinary delights, from fish and chicken to ice cream or sorbet.

The essential oil obtained from lemon myrtle contains antimicrobial compounds and is often used as an ingredient in shampoos, therapeutic body lotions, soaps, and household cleaners. The oil is believed to possess the ability to repel fleas and is therefore a feature of some chemical-free pet shampoos. [2]

Lemon Myrtle has Health Benefits

Myrtle leaves and fruit contain a unique combinationof organic compounds and nutrients that make it not only an interesting dietary addition as an herbbut also as an invaluable source of essential oil. Myrtle contains various antioxidants and flavonoid compounds, including myricetin, as well as quercetin, catechin, citric and malic acids, linalool, pinene, tannins, and other sugars. As you can see, this power-packed plant has the potential to significantly boost human health! [3]

Lemon myrtle is also an anti-viral, and is used to alleviate respiratory symptoms. A 2004 study revealed that children with molluscum collusion, were treated with the myrtle essential oil daily with a 10 percent lemon myrtle essential oil solution. After three weeks, 9 out of 16 children showed over a 90 percent decrease in the number of skin lesions. [4]

Other benefits include boosting the immune system, regulation of the thyroid gland, improving cognitive health and heart health.[5]

In Ayurvedic medicine, lemon myrtle is acclaimed as the “Queen of the lemon herbs”, Lemon Myrtle often called as just Myrtle seldom fails to enchant your mind and senses with its refreshing citrus aroma that is lemonier than lemon itself. This is because lemon has only 3-10% citral content while Lemon Myrtle contains about 90-98% citral, contributing to its unique, uplifting lemony fragrance.

Lemon Myrtle in food 

Lemon myrtle is used in many types of food recipes, not necessarily in just making Tea.

In addition to enhancing the flavor of beef, chicken, fish and rice dishes, lemon myrtle can be used in recipes for making breads, sauces, dips and pancakes. It can also be used in desserts like cakes and muffins to satisfy a sweet tooth. The lemon myrtle should not cook for more than 15 minutes, however. It can develop an unpleasant bitterness if it is exposed to high temperatures for too long. [6]

Beverages

Of course, as discussed, lemon myrtle makes a great antioxidant herbal tea, which can be served hot or cold. In fact, this is one of lemon myrtle’s most popular uses.

Thus, lemon myrtle is a fragrant antioxidant herbal supplement that can be used in different ways every day to intensify food flavors, enhance your personal care routine and promote better overall health.

 

[1]The Epicentre. “Lemon Myrtle”. Epicentre.com. http://theepicentre.com/spice/lemon-myrtle/(accessed 9 April 2019).

[2]The Epicentre.com, et al.,

[3]Orgnicfacts.net, “8 impressive benefits of myrtle”. Organicfacts.net. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/myrtle.html

[4]Herbwisdom.com “Lemon myrtle as a herbal supplement” Herbwisdom.com. https://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-lemon-myrtle.html(accessed 9 April 2019).

[5]The Epicentre.com, et al.,

[6]The Epicentre.com, et al.,