We are half way through winter, and its been an interesting season so far with freezing nights and rainy days, as well as beautiful sunny spring like days. Tea has definitely been my saviour throughout this season, especially the herbal varieties. One in particular, ‘Organic Lemon Myrtle’ has been ever so kind to lift my spirits on those dreary days, and help to keep my immune system fit and ready to fight those ever so nasty winter bugs. Lemon Myrtle has built a reputation as being a magnificent plant not just for its great taste as a tea, but also for its fantastic health benefits.
Lemon Myrtle – What’s the fuss?
An Australian native, Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is found predominately growing in the Sunshine Coast and Proserpine areas. The Rural Research and Development Coorporation in its ‘Health Benefits of Australian Native Foods – An evaluation of health-enhancing Compounds’ report identifies Lemon Myrtle as a significant health promoting Australian native food. Their research found Lemon Myrtle to contain high levels of Lutein, an important compound for eye health, as well as calcium, vitamin E, folate, iron and antioxidants.
More than just a tea!
Lemon Myrtle not only tastes amazing as a tea and has numerous health benefits, but it also has an array of uses including soaps, shampoos, body butters (due to its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties), in aromatherapy (the essential oil is uplifting and refreshing), cooking sweet and savory dishes, and not to mention being a great ornamental addition to the garden. Check out this great mango and lemon myrtle cheese cake recipe here.
Take advantage of our WINTER SPECIAL – 20% off herbal teas until the 31st of July which includes our Organic Lemon Myrtle, online or in store. Discover just how delicious and versatile this Australian native is.