Why drink Lemon Myrtle Tea

Health Benefits of Lemon Myrtle Tea

There is a high concentration of citral in the leaves of lemon myrtle which comprise 90-98% of the essential oils. Some of the health benefits of citral include:

  • It is an antifungal and antimicrobial agent.
  • It is non-acidic.
  • It is high in antioxidants.
  • It is anti-inflammatory.
  • It alleviates stress, depression and insomnia.

Due to its immense health benefits, lemon myrtle tea is said to be able to relieve common pain and conditions such as spasms and muscle cramps, rheumatism, and headaches. Studies have also revealed that citral can help inhibit the growth of pathogens, organisms that cause diseases such as ulcers. It is also said to help reduce cellulite, and the antioxidants found in citral can help boost the immune system. It can be used alone or combined with green tea as a caffeine replacement for coffee and black tea.

Mixing sea salt into lemon myrtle tea makes an effective mouthwash to get rid of bad breath. Just make sure to cool the tea before gargling. Additionally, the same concoction can be used as a facial wash to clear out pimples and acne.

Research has also shown that lemon oil treats molluscum contagiosum, a viral skin infection that commonly affects children and immunocompromised individuals. A team of biomedical researchers saw a significant improvement in 16 children who had the condition after applying the oil for 21 consecutive days.

Herbalists and aromatherapists use lemon myrtle and its essential oil for various reasons. The fragrant aroma gives off a wonderful relaxing effect and is also said to improve your concentration as well as promote better sleep. It can be used as inhalant for treating colds, flus, and other congestive disorders. As a topical treatment, it can be used for various skin conditions like warts and herpes simplex. Although it can be applied to the skin in full strength, it is best advised to dilute it first with neutral vegetable oils.

Conditions It Can Help With

The lemon myrtle tree is more than a sight to behold. Its leaves, and the oil they produce, aren't only healing to one's senses and emotions, but they also add flavour to different kitchen recipes and address a host of ailments and conditions. If you haven't added this Australian plant to your pantry and medicine cabinet yet, doing so will keep diseases at bay and your family safe. 


Various infections can wreak havoc on your health and hardly show signs of their invasion. Thanks to its antiviral components, lemon myrtle tea can help you combat infections that cause a host of health issues, including colds and sinusitis, bronchitis, allergies, skin conditions, body odour and bad breath, among others.

Sore throat

If you're experiencing a sore throat due to a bad cold or weather, taking a cup of lemon myrtle tea will make you feel better as its antibacterial properties can kill germs on the spot. In addition to tea, you can add the leaves of the plant to soups to relieve the pain in your throat.

Viral infections

Microorganisms that cause viral infections are transmitted through particulate matter, direct contact with the skin, or ingestion of contaminated food or drink. Taking lemon myrtle infusions regularly helps ward off viruses if not kill them instantly before they can have a negative impact in your body. 

Digestive issues

Storing lemon myrtle tea bags in your kitchen cabinet will spare you from a slew of gut issues. They are the go-to solution for diarrhoea, bloating, constipation and other digestive problems. The leaves of the Australian native contain antibacterial properties that inhibit bacteria as well as aid digestion.

Depression and anxiety

The benefits of lemon myrtle go beyond physical health. The fragrance of its oil calms the mind, promotes positive feelings and induces relaxation. Add a few drops of oil to your diffuser and rub some on your body to release any tension and gain a new perspective.

Bad breath 

Gargling cooled lemon myrtle tea mixed with sea salt is an instant remedy for bad breath. You can also pulverise the leaves and add it to your toothpaste to get rid of bacteria and make your mouth feel fresher. 

Body odour

Body odour isn't caused by sweat alone; it's caused by the bacteria on your skin that feeds on the sweat. To get rid of it, add a few drops of lemon myrtle oil and a cup of sea salt in your bath before soaking in the tub.

Degenerative diseases

The leaves of a lemon myrtle tree contain antioxidant compounds that combat free radicals which damage the cells and trigger symptoms of degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, eye diseases and tumours, to name a few.