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Lemon Myrtle Dried Leaf

Place of Origin: Australia - Chemical Free
Botanical Name: Backhousia citriodora
Form: Leaf cut

Suggested preparation for herbal tisane: Place 1 teaspoon per cup of water in a tea pot. Bring filtered water to the boil and pour over the tea and allow to steep for 3 to 10 minutes. Strain and serve.

This is an amazing native of sunny Queensland, Australia, that is found in many backyards in the suburbs of Brisbane. It is also grown commercially due to the high citral (lemon oil) content. Lemon Myrtle leaves are starting to be found around the world, on the shelves of health food shops in the form of lemon myrtle tea. Why is this? The essential oils in Lemon Myrtle leaves are more than 90% Citral Oil, which is a great deal higher than lemons for example, which is less than 10%.

Drinking the leaves as a herbal infusion is an easy way to extract the benefits of Lemon Myrtle and at the same time you get to enjoy the delicious lemony aroma from the steam, which is delightfully relaxing and refreshing! An extract of the citral oil is also used in cleaning agents, so if you love your homemade cleaning agents like Lavender, give this a go!

Citral has shown in scientific studies to be anti-fungal, non-acidic and high in anti-oxidants!

A pleasant tasting tea, it is can be enjoyed alone or in combination with green tea or other herbal infusions.

Culinary Uses
Lemon Myrtle has to be one of Australia's most popular native herbs, resulting in culinary delights, and can be used to flavour sweets like cheesecake, but also syrups and glazes, flavoured popcorn, ice-cream, sauces, cakes and biscuits, as well as salad dressings, and vegetables and meat
seasonings! It lends well to both sweet and savoury dishes.


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