LEMON SCENTED MYRTLE
Lemon Ironwood, Sweet Verbena Tree
Backhousia citrodora F. Myrtaceae
A true-blue Australian rainforest tree, a magnificent upright evergreen from 5-20 metres tall. Climatic conditions, soil fertility and aspect would play a part in its potential size. We have a tree in our orchard area that has grown approximately 6m in 8 years.
essential oil with citral, myrceane, methanol, heptenone, linalool, citronella
astringent, antiseptic, antioxidant, expectorant, antiviral, antifungal, calmative
Made as a tea for coughs, colds and other respiratory ailments, sinus and stress. A friend who worked in a nursery for sometime propagating this tree in large quantities said that working with the intensely aromatic leaf stems had an unusual effect on the workers; it gave them a laughing high! This sensation may be similar to the happy hormones, endorphins, released by the body when eating hot chilies. Endorphins not only make us feel pleasure and happiness, but are also pain relievers. Perhaps picking a stem from a lemon myrtle, crushing the leaves and sniffing deeply, or even making it into a cup of tea, and enjoying the vapour rising off the tea, may bring a feeling of well being or even pain relief for some people.
Lemon myrtle tea is used for free blood flow and to make the blood less sticky.... ... see How can I use HERBS in my daily life? for full text.