Why Drink Lemon Myrtle Tea? Facts & Health Benefits
Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora) is a rainforest tree in the family of Myrtaceae. It is grown organically in sub-tropical areas on the east coast of Australia and is one of the best known Australian native herbs. It can grow 6 to 8 metres high, with a width of 3 to 5 metres. It has attractive dark green leaves and is adorned with distinctive white flowers in spring/summer.
For thousands of years, Lemon myrtle has been traditionally used by indigenous communities for different purposes – from food flavouring to burning leaves on campfires to repel insects. However, its main use was attributed to the inherently powerful medicinal properties: to treat headaches, skin wounds and irritation, and respiratory or stomach issues.
Referred to as “lemonier than lemons”, its citric content is the highest concentrated among any related plants globally known (+90%). In spite of its remarkable citric profile, the acidity level is low.
Amid the growing appreciation of the health value of Australian native plants, Lemon Myrtle stands out for the intensity of citric aroma and fresh flavour.
The main flavour profile for lemon myrtle is lemony-citrus with subtle menthol notes.
Lemon myrtle is a rich source of antioxidants, which prevents oxidative cell-damage by fighting free radicals.
“Antioxidants are the compounds of our diet that reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress occurs as a result of accumulation and action of free radicals, generated as by-products of normal and essential metabolic reactions and through exposure to environmental factors (e.g. cigarette smoke, pollutants, exposure to ionizing radiation, infections).” 1
The high citral content carries powerful anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. These are effective for treating and easing the symptoms of sinus problems, sore throats, allergies, acne, headaches, digestive issues and viral infections.
The presence of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, provitamin A, folate and minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium amongst others were found in Lemon Myrtle’s chemical composition after scientific research. These nutrients are essential for the synthesis and self-repair of DNA.
A daily hot cup of lemon myrtle infusion brings wellness and health benefits not only for our body but also mind & soul. Enjoy our Organic Lemon Myrtle loose leaf tisane and let us know about your experience with this beloved native herb.
The selection of organic lemon myrtle used for our blend creations is backed by sustainable farming practices within Australia.
1) Konczak; D. Zabaras; M. Dunstan; P. Aguas; P. Roulfe; A. Pavan. “Health Benefits of Australian Native Foods – An evaluation of health-enhancing compounds”. RIRDC Pub. No. 09/133. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. September 2009.