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Getting to know: Lemon Myrtle


Lemon myrtle, (Backhousia citriodora) is a flowering plant, native to Australia. A lemon myrtle tree grows up to a height of 20m and has a refreshing lemony taste when made into a tea or used as a flavouring in sweet or savoury dishes.


Lemon myrtle has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties that help in reducing inflammation and mucus, while it's antibacterial properties combat infection. Together these properties help reduce symptoms of sinus infections, bronchitis and lung infections, sore throats, colds and flu.


Lemon myrtle has been found helpful in treating indigestion and gastrointestinal disorders like bloating. Certain properties of lemon myrtle help in stimulating the digestion process.


Lemon myrtle is particularly beneficial for those who cannot sleep peacefully. The relaxing effect of this herb can calm your mind and promote peaceful sleeping. Drink a cup of lemon myrtle tea before bed.


Lemon myrtle tea is a beverage that does not generally have any side effects, however if you are taking medications and/or prescribed supplements or are pregnant, breastfeeding or have diabetes, consult your health care practitioner before consuming. It is advised a maximum of 1 cup of strong lemon myrtle tea is consumed per day, unless directed by your Herbalist or Naturopath. More cups can consumed when infusion is made weaker or when the lemon myrtle is in a blend with other herbs.


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