Australia's Lemon Myrtle: Super Natural Remedy for Multitude of Ailments, Culinary Uses and Body Care
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Australia's Lemon Myrtle: Super Natural Remedy for Multitude of Ailments, Culinary Uses and Body Care

Lemon myrtle is venturing back to Australian grocery shelves due to its potent health benefits and culinary uses. The rainforest herb holds a powerful chemical component, known as citral, that boost immunity and can even aid with stomach woes. The aromatic herb showcases nicely in soaps, shampoos and body lotions, making it an cure all and beneficial natural remedy.

Australia’s lemon myrtle is finding its way back to grocery shelves in natural health food markets not only in Australia but all over the globe. While Aussies have been “in like” with this popular, medicinal plant with old world charm since the late 1700’s, the fragrant leaves have proven to be a natural remedy for anything that ails us. 


Also referred to "Backhouse Citriodora", the herb has been used in body care products, thrown into culinary dishes and prompted healing results for a multitude of illnesses. The leaves were named after a botany aficionado, Englishman James Backhouse when he arrived in Australia as a Quaker missionary. Compared to the lemongrass plant, its name stems from the powerful aroma after its leaves have been crushed. It has also been referred to as sweet myrtle, sweet verbena or lemon scented verbena. Prior to the 1800’s, the Aboriginal tribe of Australia utilized it primarily for medicinal uses as well as a cooking herb. The tree is a native Australian plant, rooting itself in damp areas such as the rainforests. Common in parts of Queensland and Brisbane suburbs, it is cultivated for its powerful essential oils and amazing health benefits.

Health Benefits

Lemon myrtle’s nutrition analysis may be surprising to some, but it holds many potent vitamins and minerals. Rich in magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper and iron, the leaves also have powerful anti-oxidants and phyto-chemicals. The leaves, rich in phenolic compounds, provide protection against oxidative stress. Lemon myrtle contains almost 100 percent of citral, a chemical compound known for blocking Helicobacter Pylori, a pathogen that inhibits digestive issues such as ulcers. The lemon holds only 3 percent citral.  Lemon myrtle is good for colds, flu, aches and pains as well as cuts and stings, since it is anti-bacterial. Also able to battle anti-fungal micro-organisms, it is an effective sanitizer. It is a relaxant, calming the central nervous system. It also aids in sleep disturbances, skin problems and can even help reduce cramping.

Culinary Uses

When leaves are dried and crushed, the refreshing, lemony aroma pulls out, making it ideal for many culinary dishes. Tossed into pasta and rice dishes, it also flavors noodles and stuffings. The strong scent blends well with baked goods such as muffins, cakes and cookies. Cocktails and lemonades are excellent with a little lemon myrtle.

Personal Care

Lemon myrtle can be found in shampoos and conditioners, soaps, lotions, scrubs, lip balm and a number of other body products.


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Very useful article.