The Tea Centre is happy to say that we now have organic Lemon Myrtle tea, which we’ve sourced from a certified organic Lemon Myrtle farm in North Queensland!
What is Lemon Myrtle? Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is an Australian native tree, indigenous to the coastal, sub-tropical rainforests of Queensland, but now also successfully grown in various regions around Australia.
The leaves are generally dried and milled to be used as a caffeine free tea or as a flavour ingredient for food. Essential oils are also extracted from the leaf and this oil is used in beverages, liqueurs, sauces and even cosmetics such as soaps, creams, shampoo etc. Lemon Myrtle has also been used for many years as a therapeutic aromatherapy product for oil burners or as a misting spray.
Australian Lemon Myrtle tea is highly aromatic. It’s the world’s richest known natural source of citral (90 – 98%) and the flavour and aroma is often described as more lemony than actual lemons. Being a herbal blend you can also enjoy it any time of the day or night.
Besides the wonderful aroma and flavour, Lemon Myrtle is also highly potent in antioxidants, lutein, Vitamin E, calcium, zinc and magnesium. It also has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that are said to be superior to those of the popular tea tree oil.
For years Lemon Myrtle has had a reputation as a powerful antiseptic and anti-virus agent that can destroy disease-carrying microorganisms. It has been used to treat colds, sore throats, allergies, gastric issues and infections says Michael T. Murray, writer of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, published January 7, 1999. It has further been used to relieve headaches, fevers, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, rheumatism and ulcers as well as helping to boost the general immune system says Rob Shneider, writer of Why Drink Lemon Myrtle Tea? October 18, 2011.
To reap the health benefits of your Lemon Myrtle tea we suggest you have 3 cups per day. Use 1 teaspoon of tea and brew for about 5 minutes to release all the properties in the tea.