All About Lemon Verbena
Lemon verbena has a strong lemon aroma and its fresh leaves are prized for making tea. Some research suggests a sedative and anxiolytic effect. Native to South America, it can also grow easily in Europe and the United States.
Lemon Verbena Research
While no human studies were found, there has been research to demonstrate a possible sedative and anxiolytic effect. It has also shown antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-cancer, insecticidal, and repelling potential. Folk uses for the plant have also been for joint pain, digestive upset, and insomnia. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Lemon Verbena Herb and Essential Oil
Latin Name: Lippia citrodora
- Other possible Latin names: Aloysia citrodora, Aloysia triphylla, Zappania citrodora
- Other common names: hierba Luisa, Louisa, verveine citronnelle, vervain
Lemon Verbania is a perenial shrub with spikey oblong leaves and purple/white tiny cluster flowers.
Leaves and flower tops can be used to make a tea. Fresh herb is preferred over dried. For making a tea, steep 1 Tbsp of dried herb, or 2 Tbsp of fresh herb in 2 cups of hot water for five minutes. Strain and drink.
Essential Oil Description
Aroma is lemony, herbaceous, and floral
- d-Limonene / Limonene / Dipentene
- Verbascoside (in the herb and extracts but not EO)