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Indigenous Australians have utilised the Lemon Myrtle’s attractive leaves for a wide range of uses. Hydration and nutrition were both gained by drinking from them, as sucking on them was a good source of both. By chewing or pulverizing the leaves into a paste, the disease-fighting and antibacterial qualities of the leaves were released. The mixture was then applied to open wounds and boils with a cotton swab. Insect-repelling qualities of the leaves were also released by burning them.

It has also been traditionally used as a flavoring and medicinal oil. The oil can be produced by distillation from the leaves, which can either be utilised fresh or dried.

It grows wild in the wetter coastal regions of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.  It can reach a height of up to 3 meters, with delicate green leaves dangling from its elegant branches. During fall, the clusters of cream feathery blossoms are very evident. 

The fresh Lemon Myrtle leaf can be used in a variety of ways. When not in use, the leaves are crushed and kept in a cool, dry place with the oils intact and can be used later. 

One of Australia’s most popular native herbs, Lemon Myrtle’s creamy lemon, and the lime scent is undeniable. Fish and chicken, as well as ice cream or sorbet, all benefit from the sauce’s subtle flavor.

So is Lemon Myrtle a fruit? No. It is a herb. It was just associated with a lemon because of its scent. But physically it is far from being a fruit. Don’t be confused.

Want to plant one now? Check out our Lemon Myrtle plant and let us know if you need further assistance planting it or if you have questions about it. We will be glad to assist you in any way we can. Happy planting!