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Why Drink Lemon Myrtle Tea?

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Last Updated Jul 28, 2020

Lemon myrtle leaves are among the traditional ingredients used in Australia and that have also become popular around the world in the form of lemon myrtle tea. Aside from the flavour, there are also a lot of health benefits that would make you want to drink lemon myrtle tea.

What is Lemon Myrtle?

The botanical name of lemon myrtle is backhousia citriodora. It is a rainforest tree that can grow up to 8 metres high and is endemic in Queensland. Other names used for lemon myrtle include sweet verbana, lemon scented verbana, and lemon scented backhousia. Young lemon myrtles are commonly found in parts of Queensland especially in Brisbane suburbs where they are used as decorative bushes. They are cultivated for the delicate lemon scent and their lovely white flowers. They are grown commercially for their high citral (lemon oil) content using a steam distillation extraction process. The oil is used in various cleaning and cooking and skin care.

Health Benefits of Lemon Myrtle Tea

There is a high concentration of citral in the leaves of lemon myrtle and comprises 90-98% of the essential oils. Some of the health benefits of citral include:

  • It is an anti-fungal and antin-microbial agent.
  • It is non-acidic.
  • It is high in anti-oxidants

Due to its immense health benefits, lemon myrtle tea is said to be able to relieve some disorders such as spasms and muscle cramps, rheumatism, and headaches. Studies have also revealed that citral can help inhibit the growth of pathogens, organisms that causes diseases such as ulcers. It is also said to help reducing cellulite and the antioxidants found in citral can help boost the immune system. It can be used alone or can be combined with green tea as a caffeine replacement for coffee and black tea.

Herbalists and aromatherapists use lemon myrtle and its essential oil for various reasons. The fragrant aroma gives off a wonderful relaxing effect and is also said to improve your concentration as well as promote for better sleep. It can be used as inhalant for treating colds, flus, and other congestive disorders. As a topical treatment, it can be used for various skin conditions such warts and herpes complex. Although it can be applied to the skin in full strength, it is best advised to dilute it first with neural vegetable oils.

What is lemon myrtle?

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Originally published on Aug 18, 2018

FAQs About Lemon Myrtle Tea

How do you make lemon myrtle tea?

Lemon myrtle tea is an aromatic beverage that induces relaxation. What's more, preparing it is so easy. Just put the fresh leaves in a teapot, pour in boiling water and then leave the leaves to soak for 5 minutes to release their flavour and nutrients. Next, pour the tea into a cup, add a couple of lemon slices and enjoy!

Does lemon myrtle tea have caffeine?

No. Lemon myrtle tea is caffeine-free, so you could drink it anytime of the day without having to worry about insomnia, high blood pressure and palpitation.

Can pregnant women have lemon myrtle tea?

Lemon myrtle tea is a refreshing drink that boasts antioxidant properties and antimicrobial agents. Although many people have opposing views on the safety and health risks of the tea on pregnant women, concrete evidence of its dangers to pregnancy has yet to be seen.

Is lemon myrtle tea good for bloating?

Yes. Having a cup or two of lemon myrtle tea each day can help improve your gut health. The tea leaves contain anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents that regulate the digestive system and treat various disorders such as bloating.

Where can lemon myrtle tea be purchased?

Lemon myrtle leaves are a pantry staple in many Australian homes as they are sourced from a bush native to Australia. If you don't have the means to gather the plant's fresh leaves to enjoy a cup of tea, you can purchase a packet or box of tea leaves from a health shop. They're more commonly sold online than in bricks-and-mortar shops.

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