What is Aniseed Myrtle?


A little bit of history! 

This rare super tree, Backhousia Anisata, known as Aniseed Myrtle is indigenous to rain forests in South East Queensland. The leaves were traditionally used for weight loss and stomach problems. Indigenous Australians also used the leaves as a revitalising tonic, and as a flavor in food. Aniseed Myrtle has been grown commercially and in high demand since the 1990's for its essential oils. These essential oils are used in making perfumes, skin care products, and other personal care products.

Aniseed Myrtle leaves are full of essential oils, containing the highest known concentration of anethole, the compound that gives them their sweet licorice flavor. These miracle leaves are known for their superior antioxidant capacity, containing 5 times more antioxidants than blueberries, along with several times more Lutein (important for eye health), Magnesium, Calcium, and Vitamin E. Aniseed Myrtle is also high in Vitamin C, Zinc, Folate, and Chlorophyll a and b (major pigment present is plants, playing a vital role in reducing oxidative stress in the human body). The benefits loaded in these super leaves have lead to its growing recognition in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and tea industries.

 Why is Aniseed Myrtle good for  you?

 + Weight loss/ Detox    Miracle  ingredient Anethole aids in weight loss byflushing toxins and excess fat from the body. Traditionally, plants containing this compound were recognized as a weight loss supplement. 

 + Fatigue   Boosts energy, stimulant

 + Anti-fungal/ Anti-bacterial  Helps to manage coughs, colds and fevers.

 + Stress/ Sleep    Relaxing and calming effect

 + Anti-inflammatory  Reducing inflammation in the body

 + Strengthen Capillaries   Reducing dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. 

+ Antioxidants    Superior antioxidant capacity- 5 times more than blueberries, helping to fight free radicals caused by stress, alcohol, cigarettes and pollution - protecting the skin from breaking down and ageing.


How to use Aniseed Myrtle!

Aniseed Myrtle can be added as a flavor to just about anything! Its up to you, get creative! Here are a few of our favourite ways-

Brewing Herbal Tea 

Infuse 1/2 teaspoon of aniseed myrtle in 250mls of boiled filtered water for 2-3 mins.

Iced Tea

Infuse 1/2 teaspoon of aniseed myrtle in 250mls of boiled filtered water for 2-3 mins.

Add extra cold water and lots of ice.

Aniseed Myrtle Cordial

Brew a strong tea. Infuse 1 teaspoon of aniseed myrtle in 250ml of boiled filtered water for 3-4 mins. Place liquid in the refrigerator. 

Add aniseed myrtle cordial to soda water, filtered water, coconut water, cocktails.


Infuse aniseed myrtle into sweet or savoury dishes