This native lemongrass, known as Maarr in Nyul Nyul, grows abundantly throughout Australia’s warmer climates in Central Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Northern Queensland. The aromatic clumping grass can grow to a height of around one metre, but is usually harvested at 30 centimetres.
Maarr is a traditional bush medicine, known to treat flu symptoms, headaches, stomach upsets and skin infections. The grass can be dried and stored, then mixed with hot water for tea, or crushed together to make a topical skin ointment. A 2010 Griffith University study found that native lemongrass may be just as beneficial as Aspirin at relieving the effects of headaches and migraines.
Maarr has a fragrant, citrusy aroma, with a subtle taste of ginger.
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