What is Lemon Myrtle?
Lemon Myrtle, also known as Sweet Verbena, is an ingredient from a subtropical plant only found in Australia and has been used for medicine and flavouring in Australia for hundreds of years.
What is so special about Lemon Myrtle?
Lemon Myrtle is notable because it contains the highest purity of citral of any of the citrus herbs and fruits. This makes it particularly suitable for us in teas blending as it adds strong citrus tones to blends, even when only small quantities are used.
But perhaps even more important that flavour is the astonishing range of properties of lemon myrtle that make it an essential ingredient for good health.
What are the health benefits of Lemon Myrtle?
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1. Lemon Myrtle is a powerful Anti-microbial
Antimicrobials kill and/or stop the growth of microorganisms and are commonly used in medicines to stop or inhibit the growth of dangerous microorganisms in the body - an important tool in controlling or fighting infections.
We know that the citral in Lemon Myrtle is extremely pure, and this results in antimicrobial properties so strong that undiluted lemon myrtle oils can be considered toxic.
This is not a worry with lemon myrtle teas and infusions as the concentration of oils released from the brewed leaves are completely safe and provide a much lighter way to help fight infections.
2. Lemon Myrtle is Antibiotic
The same properties that make Lemon Myrtle antimicrobial also make it antibiotic - used for the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. The oils released in Lemon Myrtle teas and infusions are safely antibiotic and used frequently around the world to help boost the immune system.
3. Lemon Myrtle is Antiseptic
The third part of the antimicrobial property trifecta from Lemon Myrtle is the fact that it is antiseptic. Whilst antibiotics help with the control of bacterial infections within the body, antiseptics work their bacterial-fighting magic on the surface of the skin. Lemon Myrtle oils are commonly used as a natural antiseptic for skin infections and the like, and adding a few leaves to wash water can have a much softer, but still beneficial effect. Infusions can also be gargled in order to use these antiseptic properties to relieve a sore throat.
4. Lemon Myrtle is Antiviral
Viral infections are very different to bacterial infections, but Lemon Myrtle oils and leaves have been widely used in the treatment of both. Antivirals attack viruses, either helping to prevent them taking hold in the body, or to cause them to die more quickly, and infusions made from Lemon Myrtle have been used by natural health advocates to complement this process.
5. Lemon Myrtle is Anti-inflammatory
One of the more famous properties of Lemon Myrtle is that it is anti-inflammatory and therefore frequently used in the treatment of congestion and reduction of mucus. By helping to reduce inflammation, Lemon Myrtle can be used to help with light pain and discomfort caused by inflammation without the use of painkillers and steroids.
6. Lemon Myrtle is high in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are used to inhibit oxidisation in the body. This helps to prevent the production of free radicals which are known to damage cells in the body. These compounds exist naturally in many foods and plants and Lemon Myrtle is one of those most famous for high antioxidant content. Another plant famously very high in antioxidants is green tea, which makes the combination of Lemon Myrtle and green tea a powerful and strongly antioxidant one - a very good reason to add a cup a day to your daily health routine.
7. Lemon Myrtle is high in Vitamin C
The concentration and purity of citral in Lemon Myrtle leaves and oils result in high levels of Vitamin C - a key vitamin which essential for the repair of tissue in the body, and the production of enzymes which help the immune system to function. Another well-known benefit of Vitamin C is that it aids iron absorption into the body which helps with healing and tissue and muscle regrowth.
So, we can clearly see that aside from its use in flavouring and scenting teas and infusions, Lemon Myrtle has many important properties that lend itself to being part of your daily health routine and the fight against infections, as well as providing a boost to your body's immune system and ability to heal.
Source: Original Content Posted by Tea Palace