Australian Lemon Myrtle
Lemon Myrtle is a uniquely refreshing and exquisitely aromatic “tisane” from the coastal rainforests of eastern Australia. The essential oils in the leaves are the world’s richest known natural source of citral (90-98%). Citral provides anti-microbial and possible immuno-stimulating benefits, particularly helpful in developing protection against common colds, influenza, bronchitis and indigestion. Caffeine-free Lemon Myrtle has an intense refreshing lemon-lime aroma and taste that can be enjoyed day or night.
The key ingredient in lemon myrtle is the high concentration of citral in its leaves. Citral comprises 90-98% of the essential oils in lemon myrtle, as opposed to less than 10% in lemons and limes. Some of the characteristics of citral include:
- Citral is an anti-fungal agent.
- Citral is non-acidic.
- Citral is high in anti-oxidants.
The list of reputed health benefits of lemon myrtle tea is voluminous. Just some of the disorders it is said to be able to relieve include muscle cramps and spasms, rheumatism, headaches and fevers. Scientific studies have indicated that citral can inhibit the growth of the pathogen which is one of the causes of many gastro-duodenal diseases, including ulcers. It is also said to aid in the reduction of cellulite and the anti-oxidants in citral help boost the immune system. A pleasant tasting tea, it is used alone or in combination with green tea as a caffeine free replacement for coffee and black tea.