ANCIENT LEAF, FRESH TEA
Melaleuca citrolens also known as Gulbarn, has been used as a bush remedy for healing coughs and colds by the Indigenous people of the Northern Territory for thousands of years. Traditionally Gulban was brewed to drink, inhaled or used for bathing. In Community today, people still use it in baths for people who are ill and to improve a baby’s immune system. High in antioxidants, it can be brewed as a hot tea or served as a refreshing iced tea.
Gulbarn grows wild across the savanna eco-system, a vast landscape spreading across much of the Northern Territory of Australia. The leaves for Gulbarn Tea are hand-picked by families in the Aboriginal community of Minyerri on Alawa country, who have been involved in the sustainable management of this indigenous medicinal plant since time immemorial. The community play a leading role in bio-diversity conservation, ensuring Gulbarn is collected inline with their cultural values and traditional ecological knowledge.
Four delicious ways to enjoy Gulbarn
IN A POT
Place a large pinch of leaves (15-20) in the pot and pour boiling water over. Let steep for 5-10 mins, pouring over a tea strainer or straight into cups.
IN A CUP
Placing 8-10 leaves in a tea infuser or loose in a cup, fill the cup with boiling water. Let steep for 3-10 minutes depending on desired strength.
Similar to brewing a cup or pot of hot tea, let the tea cool and strain over a tall glass with ice. For a stronger flavour steep for up to an hour. Serve with a slice of lemon.
A large pinch of leaves (20) into a jug of water and leave to steep in the fridge over night. For a stronger flavour steep the leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes before topping up the jug.