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Lemon Myrtle


:: Origin of Lemon Myrtle ::
:: Lemon Myrtle plant family ::
:: Used plant part ::
:: Properties of the Australian Lemon Myrtle ::
:: Lemon Myrtle aroma and flavour ::
:: Applications/Uses of Lemon Myrtle ::
:: Lemon Myrtle food flavouring ::
:: Lemon Myrtle and Aromatherapy ::
:: Lemon Myrtle Body Care ::


Origin of Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is an Australian native tree, indigenous to the coastal, sub-tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.


Lemon Myrtle plant family



Used plant part

The leaves of the Australian Native Lemon Myrtle are used.


Properties of the Australian Lemon Myrtle

Australian Lemon Myrtle is the world's richest known natural source of citral (90 - 98%). Laboratory research has concluded the citral essential oils contained in Lemon Myrtle to be highly anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Lemon Myrtle is caffeine free.


(See also excerpt taken from 'Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Vol 3 (3) 1991).


Lemon Myrtle Aroma and Flavour

Australian Lemon Myrtle is highly aromatic, having an exquisite flavour and aroma of a blend of lemongrass, lime and lemon.


Lemon Myrtle will hold its flavour and aroma considerably longer than other lemon flavours as it is more concentrated as a flavour. It is also highly aromatic and is not acidic.


Australian Lemon Myrtle is the most popular native ingredient/flavouring in Australia. Its flavour is suited to an extensive, diverse range of food and beverage products/culinary applications.


Lemon Myrtle can be infused into water, milk, oil and alcohol.


Applications/Uses of Lemon Myrtle

Tea and tea blends: Australian Lemon Myrtle is a superb tea product as a herbal infusion as well as a delicate flavouring in speciality tea blends when blended with black, green or herbal teas. Lemon Myrtle Tea has enjoyed huge success in international tea markets. The superior flavour profile of Lemon Myrtle as well as its appeal as an alternative to lemongrass has resulted in its success as a tea product.


Lemon Myrtle food flavouring

There are approximately forty Lemon Myrtle flavoured Australian commercial food products in the Australian market. A number of products have been awarded prestigious product awards for their exceptional flavour, innovation and superiority. Products include - tea blends, yoghurt, ice-cream, cheese, biscuits, breads, confectionary, pasta, sauces, syrups, beverages, liqueurs, flavoured oils, packaged fish/salmon.


Australian Lemon Myrtle is also widely used in the catering/restaurant industry, with many awards acknowledging the highly appealing flavour of Lemon Myrtle in an extensive and diverse range of food applications. Australian Lemon Myrtle is often used to flavour fish, sea food, poultry, mayonnaise, vinaigrettes, sauces and desserts.


Lemon Myrtle and Aromatherapy

Lemon Myrtle essential oil has been used for many years as an aromatherapy product by world leading aromatherapists. Lemon Myrtle's exquisite citrus fragrance is valued along with its therapeutic properties. It is also an essential oil ideally suited for blending, as well as vapourisation used in a misting spray or oil burner, as a refreshing, uplifting fragrance.


Lemon Myrtle Body Care

Soaps, shampoos, hair conditioner, lip balms, perfumes, body scrubs, shower gels, toothpastes, are all Australian commercial products now available made with natural Australian Lemon Myrtle essential oil.

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