Indigenous ingredients have been in the culinary spotlight of late. There’s a recent movement to utilise more native Australian ingredients, whether it be herbs, spices or native flora and fauna in our cooking.
Going back to the roots of traditional bush tucker is also unearthing many health benefits. None more so than the super food and most popular of the native herbs, lemon myrtle.
Lemon myrtle is used in food to enhance flavour and aroma. It is used in making dips, sauces, salads, curries and cooking chicken, fish, prawns. It is also used in confectionaries for making breads, cakes, desserts. It is widely used as beverages like tea due to its therapeutic values.
Apart from food it is used in skin care products like lotions, lip balms essentials oils.
What are some of the health benefits?
Indigenous Australians have long utilised the healing properties of lemon myrtle as part of their traditional medicines.
It’s known to assist with:
Skin health – a natural cleanser helping with acne, tinea, cold sores and blemishes
Weight loss and detoxing – helps by acting as a diuretic to flush out the kidneys, liver, bladder and other organs
Sore throats and sinus
Natural deodorant and air freshener