• Letitia Coker

Backhousia citriodora

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Feeling blessed today beautiful Lemon Myrtle is in bloom

"And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fall, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing."

Ezekiel 47:12

Herbs have been used for centuries for the health and wellbeing of all mankind. In Australia there are many wonderful plant that have been used for food and medicine by the indigenous people. One of these is Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) a plant that is used both for its culinary and medicine properties. Lemon myrtle has a sweet, aromatic, warming affect when used as a medicine, usually given in a tea. Lemon myrtle leaves are useful for supporting the bodies defences when infections are around, by promoting a healthy immune system and has a antimicrobial, antiviral effect. It can be used as an antiseptic and is a powerful antioxidant and helps ward off illnesses, colds, allergies and sore throats. It is also high in minerals, such as calcium, zinc and magnesium and well as vitamins A and E. It has usually been given as a herbal tea, served hot or cold to promote overall health.

Recently Lemon myrtle has become popular in food preparations, enhancing beef, chicken and fish recipes used in place of lemongrass. It has been added to slices, cakes, cheese cakes and desserts, adding a depth and sweetnesses only Lemon myrtle can give.

If you would like to try some Lemon Myrtle contact Myddfai Herbal Clinic for Lemon Myrtle power and tea. It is truely a wonderful plant

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