Billy Tea

2 tbsp black tea leaves 
2 gum leaves or lemon myrtle leaves, washed.
Pick leaves from wild gum trees or buy lemon myrtle bushes from nurseries.

Makes about 1 litre Place 1.25 litres water in a 1.5 litre billy can or saucepan and bring to the boil.
Add tea and gum leaves, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stand for 3 minutes. Serve.

Lemon myrtle grows on the southeast coast of Queensland and is a calming after dinner drink. Aside from its calming effect, lemon myrtle has many medicinal qualities. It is antibacterial, antifungal, it helps prevent cold and flus and speeds up metabolism. Note that the high percentage of citral in lemon myrtle can cause drowsiness.

Photography by Brett Stevens.


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