- Amazing Lemon Verbena Tea – 9 Health Benefits
- What is Lemon Verbena?
- Lemon Verbena Tea
- Lemon Verbena Health Benefits
- 1) Detox & Immunity Boost
- 2) A Popular Natural Slimming Aid
- 3) Reduces Stress
- 4) Sleep Aid
- 5) Promotes Digestion
- 6) Anti-inflammatory
- 7) Prevents Muscle Damage During Exercise
- 8) Combats Fever
- 9) Relieves Congestion
- Closing Notes
- What is Lemon Verbena herbal tea?
- What does Lemon Verbena tea taste like?
- 5 Health Benefits of Lemon Verbena
- Lemon Verbena
- What is it used for?
- What is the recommended dosage?
- Further information
- More about lemon verbena
- medicinal herbsLemon VerbenaAloysia triphylla
- Herb: Lemon Verbena
- Latin name: Aloysia triphylla
- Medicinal use of Lemon Verbena:
- Description of the plant:
- Habitat of the herb:
- Edible parts of Lemon Verbena:
- Other uses of the herb:
- Propagation of Lemon Verbena:
- Cultivation of the herb:
- Known hazards of Aloysia triphylla:
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- History of Lemon Verbena
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- Lemon Verbena Tea Benefits
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Amazing Lemon Verbena Tea – 9 Health Benefits
Lemon verbena is an amazing and often underrated herb that’s highly valued for its therapeutic and health benefits. It also has a wonderful lemony aroma and refreshing flavour. Typical uses of lemon verbena are as a herb or for steeping to make a delicious lemon flavoured herbal tea.
Lemon verbena has been used for centuries, if not millennia. There’s is a long history of its use in traditional medicine for treating colds, fever, anxiety, indigestion, spasms, and insomnia. It is also popular as an infusion for boosting the immune system and a natural aid for weight loss.
Read on to learn more about this fascinating herb…
In this article:
What is Lemon Verbena
Lemon Verbena Tea
Lemon Verbena Health Benefits
- Detox & Immunity Boost
- A Popular Natural Slimming Aid
- Reduces Stress
- Sleep Aid
- Promotes Digestion
- Reduces Muscle Damage during Exercise
- Combats Fever
- Relieves Congestion
What is Lemon Verbena?
The lemon verbena plant is a woody shrub with lance-shaped, light green leaves and small white or lilac flowers. A fully grown shrub can reach up to 2-3 metres high. When bruised, the leaves release a powerful lemony scent, from which its name is derived.
Lemon verbena has many common names. It is known as louisa, lemon beebrush, verveine citronnelle, cedrón, zitronenstrauch, or hierba luisa. Scientifically, it’s known as Aloysia citrodora or (confusingly) also Lippia citriodora or Aloysia triphylla. The multiple scientific names are due to several reclassifications over the course of history.
Of the more popular lemon-scented herbs, lemon verbena is probably the lesser known. Both lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and lemongrass (Cymbopogon) are more popular but not because they are necessarily better. A properly cultivated lemon verbena generally has a stronger lemony flavour and aroma than lemon balm or lemongrass.
Although native to South America, lemon verbena has been cultivated in Europe for centuries. It was first brought over by the Portuguese and Spanish in the 17th century. At the time, it was mainly cultivated for its oil but became less popular due to the discovery of the more economical lemongrass.
Nowadays, lemon verbena is still widely cultivated, mostly for its oil (used in cosmetics and candles) and for consumption as a herbal tea.
Lemon Verbena Tea
Lemon verbena makes a deliciously refreshing and balmy infusion. It’s soothing and relaxing, naturally caffeine free and full of health-boosting properties.
The infusion is made by steeping fresh or dried lemon verbena leaves for about five minutes. Always use freshly boiled water. Fresh water is important as this helps extract the best flavour. However, the primary factor affecting flavour and aroma is the leaf quality.
Some of the factors which affect the quality of lemon verbena leaves are:
– plant selection
– cultivation method
– soil type
– climatic conditions
– the time of harvest
– preservation method
– storage conditions
There are so many variables, some which vary with time and others which cannot be controlled. Getting these factors right is not easy and requires great skill. But when grown under optimum conditions, you are rewarded with beautiful flavours and the highest concentration of health-boosting components.
Lemon Verbena Health Benefits
There is a long history of lemon verbena consumption in South America. It is believed that, in ancient times, the Incas were the first who discovered its beneficial properties. Lemon verbena is still widely used as a traditional medicine these days.
Many academic studies have been undertaken to evaluate lemon verbena. These show that lemon verbena possesses several beneficial properties, including antioxidant, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory effects.
The studies also validate the majority of traditional therapeutic and health-boosting claims. However, more work still remains to completely understand the exact workings – particularly regarding the potential synergistic effects of the various biological components.
Here are 9 health benefits proclaimed by experts:
1) Detox & Immunity Boost
Detoxing is a constant and vital process for removing free radicals and staying healthy. Drinking lemon verbena tea can stimulate the detox process.
Research has shown that lemon verbena is very rich in phenolic compounds. Phenolic compounds are powerful antioxidants which protect against free radicals. The phenolic compounds help reduce oxidative stress by aiding the body in detoxifying and neutralising the harmful effects of free radicals. This keeps the body healthy, boosting the immune system.
Lemon verbena tea shows comparable antioxidant activity to green tea but without the bitterness. It has similar free-radical-scavenging properties as some of the best known neuroprotective plants such as Ginkgo biloba, Ginseng, and Curcuma. Moreover, there’s the added benefit of it being naturally caffeine free. Lemon verbena tea can thus be drunk as a detox and restorative tea throughout the day, but is especially potent at night.
2) A Popular Natural Slimming Aid
Drinking tea, sugar-free of course, is generally beneficial as part of a weight-loss programme. Lemon verbena, however, is particularly suited for this task. It has been shown to suppress the appetite, helping curb those irresistible cravings for snacks or sweets. Drinking lemon verbena tea between meals can, therefore, help you stick to your diet and achieve your weight-loss goals.
In addition to the natural appetite suppressing property, which prevents overeating, lemon verbena tea also promotes the burning of fat, stimulates the breakdown of cellulite, and regulates the metabolism.
3) Reduces Stress
Lemon verbena makes a soothing and relaxing infusion. Finding time for yourself to enjoy a delicious cup of tea relieves tension and helps reduce stress. But the components in lemon verbena give an extra boost as they have a mildly calming effect on the nervous system and help relieve muscle tension. These calming and tension releasing properties aid in reducing nerves, anxiety, and stress.
Studies have indicated that verbascoside, a biological component in the lemon verbena leaf, is the main ingredient responsible for the stress and anxiety reducing properties.
4) Sleep Aid
Many take advantage of lemon verbena’s calming effects as an aid to sleep disorders such as insomnia. The same properties that help reduce tension and stress can calm the body and mind and help one prepare for a good night’s sleep.
Lemon verbena is also rich in melatonin, a hormone in our bodies that increases as night approaches. Its production is stimulated by darkness and causes you to become sleepy. Drinking lemon verbena tea is a natural way to help increase the amount of melatonin in your body.
Lemon verbena’s ability to soothe and relax, its rich melatonin content, and lack of caffeine make it an ideal evening drink. It can help one to wind down, relax the body, and calm the mind for easing into a restful night’s sleep.
5) Promotes Digestion
In many cultures, lemon verbena tea has historically been used to promote digestion. Similar to other herbs renowned for their beneficial digestive properties, lemon verbena can soothe your tummy, through its antispasmodic qualities. This means it calms the gastrointestinal tract. By doing so, it can help reduce symptoms from, for example, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, cramping, or bloating. This allows the digestive tract to function as intended.
The biological components in lemon verbena have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidant properties of the plant are also beneficial for reducing the inflammatory effects of oxidative elements.
This ability of lemon verbena to contain and reduce inflammation could, for example, help ease joint pain or other inflammatory induced ailments.
7) Prevents Muscle Damage During Exercise
Studies have shown the unique qualities of lemon verbena can prevent muscle damage in athletes when taken as a pre-workout supplement. It is lemon verbena’s antioxidant properties combined with its ability to suppress inflammation that have been linked to damage prevention and repair of muscle tissue. What’s more, taking lemon verbena as a pre-workout supplement has been shown to not inhibit the growth or development of muscle.
8) Combats Fever
It has been scientifically proven that lemon verbena contains biologically active substances with antipyretic properties, i.e., substances that reduce fever. Therefore, it is no surprise that in South American folk medicine, lemon verbena has a long history as a trusted herb for reducing fevers.
Lemon verbena’s ability to reduce fevers along with its restorative and antioxidant properties, make it an excellent tea for naturally combatting a high temperature and kick-starting recovery.
9) Relieves Congestion
The final health benefit of lemon verbena is its property as a natural expectorant. An expectorant helps loosen up mucus and phlegm, clearing congestion in the respiratory tracts.
Lemon verbena is a fascinating herb. It not only makes a delicious herbal tea but has numerous health benefits.
Despite lemon verbena’s wondrous properties, it is no replacement for a healthy lifestyle. But drinking lemon verbena tea as part of a balanced diet can be beneficial. Its protective components can help relieve adverse health symptoms, boost your immune system, and improve your overall wellbeing.
However, it is important to note that we do not recommend using lemon verbena instead of or along prescribed medication without prior consultation.
Also, as the effect on pregnancy is not well established, pregnant women should exercise caution when consuming lemon verbena (or any natural supplement).
If in doubt, always consult a dietary or medical professional.
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What is Lemon Verbena herbal tea?
Originally from the sloping hillsides of South America’s west coast, the evergreen shrubs of the Lemon Verbena plant were first introduced to Europe by Portuguese and Spanish explorers in the 17th century. The leaves of Lemon Verbena, Latin name Aloysia Citrodora, are pointed and rough to the touch, with a delicious aroma of lemon (Citrodora means ‘lemon-scented’ in Latin).
Our Lemon Verbena is grown in sunny southern Portugal, in the Alentejo region, and is farmed using wholly organic methods. Rows of green bushes fill the air with perfume, making it easy to see why Lemon Verbena has historically been used in soaps and fragrances. The leaves are gently picked by a harvesting machine that does not disturb the still-growing plant or the surrounding soil, and then they are kept whole and naturally dried in the sun. The resulting leaves are dusty-green and elegantly curled, with a gentle lemon scent.
Though we call it herbal tea for the sake of simplicity, Lemon Verbena tea is, strictly speaking, an infusion or tisane. This is because it is not brewed from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis: the tea plant. You can find out more about why herbal teas are not actually teas here.
What does Lemon Verbena tea taste like?
Lemon Verbena, as its name suggests, produces a bright yellow cup with a citrusy aroma. Its flavour is refreshingly lemony, with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. It’s lighter and more fragrant than, for example, our zingy Lemongrass tea, with gentle herbal notes that set it apart from other lemon flavours. Altogether it’s a wonderfully balanced cup: the aromatic lemon in harmony with a delicate natural sweetness.
Lemon verbena is said to be the most “lemony” of all the citrus-scented herbs. With its delightful scent and taste, lemon verbena is a bright, sweet herb that can make recipes so much more interesting. It also has a wide range of medicinal properties.
Lemon verbena benefits may include relief from common digestive complaints including gas, indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. Other lemon verbena uses have included easing joint pain, skin conditions, sleeping trouble, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, colds, fever and chills. (1)
Let’s take a look at what scientific research has shown so far and why you just may want a cup of lemon verbena tea after reading this article!
Plant Origin and Chemical Composition
The lemon verbena plant is a tropical perennial shrub belonging to the Verbenaceae family. Is lemon verbena a perennial? It most certainly is, which means it comes back for multiple growing seasons. The botanical name can be either Aloysia citriodora or Lippia citriodora. A lemon verbena plant can grow to be over 10 feet high in warm climates such as in South America where it originates from. (2)
The flowering tops and leaves are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. The leaves are yellowish-green in color and have a long, narrow and pointed shape. The leaves are rich in aromatic oil and have a scent and flavor clearly very similar to lemon. Research has shown that a tea made from the leaves is rich in beneficial polyphenolic compounds including verbascoside and luteolin 7-diglucuronide. (3)
Did you know that lemon verbena, lemon balm and vervain are three totally different plants? It’s true, but there’s often confusion about these three medicinal herbs. Lemon verbena and lemon balm are easily mistaken for each other thanks to the fact that the same fruit (lemon) is included in both of their names. However, lemon balm and lemon verbena are actually not even from the same plant family — lemon balm belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae) while lemon verbena belongs to the Verbenaceae family. Vervain also belongs to the Verbenaceae family and is sometimes called “common verbena” or sometimes lemon verbena is called “vervain” hence all the confusion that they’re the same, but they’re two completely different plants. (5, 6)
5 Health Benefits of Lemon Verbena
1. Possible Obesity Aid
More research is needed, but so far some studies are pointing towards lemon verbena’s ability to help with a very common problem these days — obesity. An animal study published in 2015 specifically looked at the herb’s verbascoside along with some of its other active polyphenols and their ability to improve metabolic disturbances caused by obesity. What are polyphenols? They are a large group of plant compounds known for their antioxidant properties. The researchers found that the lemon verbena extract led to decreases in triglyceride accumulation, inflammation and oxidative stress for the animal subjects. They also observed that the herbal extract as a whole had more potent effects than the verbascoside alone. Overall, the study concludes, “The polypharmacological effects of plant-derived polyphenols from lemon verbena may have the potential for clinical applications in obesity.” (7)
Study results discussed in a 2017 issue of the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine looked at the effects of a supplement containing a type of hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) and lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla). The subjects of this double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized trial were 54 overweight women. The study found that 500 milligrams per day of this lemon verbena and hibiscus supplement resulted in increased satiety and fullness plus decreased hunger and prospective food consumption compared to a placebo after one month. And these differences increased with additional time. The subjects taking the supplement also experienced decreases in blood pressure. (8)
2. Helps Fight Staph Skin Infections
Fighting staph infections continues to be challenging work as antibiotic resistance grows, which is why it’s important to find new and natural ways to successfully treat these infections. A Staphylococcus aureus infection — more commonly known as a staph infection — is a bacterial infection that can range in severity from minor skin irritations to life-threatening complications. Previous in vitro laboratory studies have shown that an ethanolic extract of lemon verbena can prevent the growth of Staphylococcus aureus.
Research published in the Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences looked at the effects of a lemon verbena extract on animal subjects with skin infections due to staph. The animal subjects were divided into four groups and treated for seven days with either no treatment; a conventional topical antibiotic; ointment prepared from ethanolic extract of lemon verbena; or an injection of lemon verbena solution. The wound rate of recovery and presence of pus were analyzed throughout treatment. The researchers concluded that the topical lemon verbena ointment is “a proper medication to prevent the skin infection by Staphylococcus aureus” in the early phases of the infection. (9)
3. Muscle Repair
Really intense exercise can sometimes result in muscle damage. A study published in the the European Journal of Applied Physiology looked at the effects of moderate antioxidant supplementation in the form of a lemon verbena extract on healthy male volunteers who followed a 90-minute running protocol for a total of three weeks. During this exercise regimen, the researchers measured the subjects’ antioxidant enzyme activity, oxidative stress markers, inflammatory cytokines and muscular damage. The results were clearly positive. The antioxidant-rich lemon verbena extract helped to protect neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) against oxidative damage. In addition, the herbal extract helped to lower the signs of muscular damage in chronic running exercise but without blocking the body’s cellular adaptation to exercise. (10)
4. May Lower Inflammation
As I’ve talked about before, inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Inflammation is considered to be one of the main factors leading to the development of multiple sclerosis. A randomized, double-blinded placebo-controlled study published in 2014 looked at the effects of dietary supplementation with lemon verbena extracts on serum inflammatory markers of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The 30 study patients were given either a lemon verbena supplement (containing 1o percent the herb’s polyphenol known as verbascoside) or a placebo. The results of the study revealed that the most severe patients in the study with secondary progressive MS (the third of four MS stages) who took the lemon verbena supplement had C-reactive protein concentrations significantly lower than the placebo group. (11) Why is this significant? Because C-reactive protein is produced in the liver and is a blood test marker for inflammation in the body.
5. Joint Aid
A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine points towards this lemony herb being able to boost joint health. The study specifically looked at a supplement rich in antioxidants (thanks to lemon verbena) and omega-3 fatty acids (thanks to fish oil) as an alternative treatment for joint management. For nine weeks, 45 subjects with joint pain and discomfort took the nutritional supplement or a placebo. Lemon verbena extract showed strong antioxidant properties and, again, the study highlighted the verbascoside naturally found in the herb. After nine weeks, the supplement takers showed a significant reduction in pain and stiffness as well as improved physical function. These positive effects began to appear at weeks three and four. The researchers concluded that this supplement warrants further investigation as “a complementary and alternative treatment for improving joint status in subjects with joint discomfort.” (12)
Lemon Verbena Interesting Facts
In the kitchen, lemon verbena is known to be used in sweet cocktails and iced teas, as well as a garnish for salads and fruit cups. It’s also an ingredient in dessert recipes such as cookies, ice cream, puddings and jellies. Since the herb is so potent a little goes a long way in recipes. It also makes a great hot tea on its own or in a mix with other herbs. Lemon verbena’s fresh citrus scent has even led to its inclusion in fragrances and scented sachets. (13)
How to Use Lemon Verbena
What do you do with lemon verbena? If you search for lemon verbena recipes, you’ll actually be surprised to find quite a few options. When it comes to lemon verbena vs. lemon balm for culinary use, the two herbs can be used interchangeably in most recipes. Lemon balm and lemon verbena both have a lemon-like flavor, but the verbena is more pungent. Lemon verbena can be added to cold and hot beverages, desserts, fish dishes, rice and more. Some people really enjoy adding it fresh or dried to iced teas. Whatever sounds good to you is a good use of this citrusy herb!
Where to buy lemon verbena? You can find it online and in spice stores as a dried herb. If you’re looking to use lemon verbena medicinally, you can find it online or at a health food store in the form of lemon verbena tea, liquid extract, capsule, powder or essential oil.
If you’re a gardener, then you may be wondering about lemon verbena growing well in your garden. It’s actually not very hard to grow this perennial herb You can purchase lemon verbena seeds or a small plant. Either way, you may want to consider using containers with good drainage holes so you can bring the plant indoors for the cold winter months. Lemon verbena is intolerant of frost so its roots should not be allowed to freeze. While outdoors, the plant should be placed in a location with full-sun to partial-afternoon shade. (14)
How do you harvest lemon verbena? You can pick the leaves as needed throughout the growing season. Simply cut the stalks with a sharp pair of scissors, leaving at least a third of the stalk to grow back for future harvesting. Leaves can be used fresh or dried for culinary, medicinal and DIY beauty recipes (like homemade soaps). Store dried leaves in an airtight container away from heat and light. (15)
There is currently no standard dose of lemon verbena. An appropriate medicinal dose depends on several factors such as the user’s age and health status. Always read product labels carefully and consult an expert on proper dosing if needed. (16)
Possible Side Effects and Caution
Lemon verbena is typically considered safe for most people in normal food amounts. It also seems to be safe when taken in appropriate amounts as a medicine. For some users it may cause skin irritation.
It’s unclear if medicinal use of lemon verbena is safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding so it’s best to avoid it if you’re pregnant or nursing. Also avoid taking it if you have kidney problems since large quantities of lemon verbena may irritate the kidneys and make kidney disease worse. (17)
Lemon Verbena Key Points
- Lemon verbena is a culinary and medicinal herb with a lemon flavor and scent.
- It can be used to add an interesting flavor to all kinds of foods and beverages. You may want to include it in your next batch of homemade iced tea.
- Lemon verbena, lemon balm and vervain are three totally different plants.
- Studies have shown that lemon verbena may help when it comes to obesity-related metabolic issues, joint discomfort, muscle damage, inflammation, and skin infections.
- Making a cup of hot lemon verbena tea is a great, easy way to give this herb a try.
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Lemon verbena is a pleasant-smelling plant native to Argentina and Chile. The plant that is commonly cultivated in the tropics and Europe, and is grown commercially in France and North Africa. It bears small white flowers and has fragrant, lemon-scented narrow leaves.
Lemon verbena also is known as luisa.
What is it used for?
Lemon verbena has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries to stop muscle spasms, as a fever reducer and sedative, for indigestion, and to increase appetite, among other indications. Research regarding its medicinal use is limited. The leaves and flowering tops are used in teas and as beverage flavors. Its fragrance is used in perfumery.
Lemon verbena extract has demonstrated antioxidant activity and the essential oil has shown antimicrobial properties, but there is no evidence for clinical use.
What is the recommended dosage?
There are no clinical studies to support the safety of any dosing. Traditional dosage of a 45 mL extract taken several times per day has been described.
Avoid in kidney failure.
Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking.
None well documented.
Contact allergic reactions have been associated with members of related species. Avoid in kidney disorders because lemon verbena is excreted through the kidneys.
Lemon verbena is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption and for use as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.
1. Lemon Verbena. Review of Natural Products. Facts & Comparisons eAnswers. St. Louis, MO: Clinical Drug Information LLC; September 2015. http://online.factsandcomparisons.com. Accessed October 2015.
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medicinal herbsLemon VerbenaAloysia triphylla
Herb: Lemon Verbena
Latin name: Aloysia triphylla
Synonyms: Aloysia citrodora, Lippia citrodora, Lippia triphylla, Verbena triphylla
Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)
Medicinal use of Lemon Verbena:
An undervalued medicinal herb, lemon verbena contains a strong lemon-scented essential oil that has calming and digestive qualities. The plant has a gentle sedative action and a reputation for soothing abdominal discomfort. It has a mildly tonic effect upon the nervous system and helps to lift the spirits and counter depression. The leaves and the flowering tops are antispasmodic, febrifuge, sedative and stomachic. A tea made from the leaves has a deliciously refreshing lemon flavour and is used mainly in treating digestive disorders such as flatulence, indigestion and acidity. Some caution is advisable though, since prolonged use or large internal doses can cause gastric irritation. The herb is also useful as a stimulant for treating lethargy or depression whilst it is also used to treat feverish colds. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy in the treatment of nervous and digestive problems and also for acne, boils and cysts.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:
Fields and roadsides. Open scrub.
Edible parts of Lemon Verbena:
Leaves – occasionally cooked as a spinach but more commonly used as a flavouring in salads, fruit salads etc. A delicious lemon-like flavour, it is adored by most people who try it. A delicious and refreshing tea is made from the leaves. The dried leaves will retain their lemon aroma for many years.
Other uses of the herb:
An essential oil obtained from the leaves is extensively used in perfumery. An average yield of 0.5% is obtained. There is some evidence that the use of this oil can sensitise the skin to sunlight and so its use has been largely replaced by the tropical plant lemongrass, Cymbopogon spp. The dried leaves retain their fragrance well and so are used in pot-pourri. The growing plant repels midges, flies and other insects. The essential oil is an effective insecticide in 1 – 2% concentration.
Propagation of Lemon Verbena:
Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in late spring. Only just cover the seed and keep in a light position, making sure the compost does not dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in early summer and give some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of softwood, May/June in a frame. Grow on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts. The cuttings root quickly and easily, though there can be losses in the first winter. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, August in a frame. Grow on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts. The cuttings root quickly and easily, though there can be losses in the first winter.
Cultivation of the herb:
Fields and roadsides. Open scrub.
Known hazards of Aloysia triphylla:
The essential oil from the plant might sensitise the skin to sunlight.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.
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Botanical: Lippia citriodora
Family: N.O. Verbenaceae
—Synonyms—Aloysia citriodora. Verveine citronelle or odorante. Herb Louisa. Lemonscented Verbena. Verbena triphylla. Lippia triphylla.
—Parts Used—Leaves, flowering tops.
—Habitat—Chile and Peru. Cultivated in European gardens. —Description—This deciduous shrub was introduced into England in 1784, reaching a height of 15 feet in the Isle of Wight and in sheltered localities. The leaves are very fragrant, lanceolate, arranged in threes, 3 to 4 inches long, with smooth margins, pale green in colour, having parallel veins at right-angles to the mid-rib and flat bristles along the edges. The many small flowers are pale purple, blooming during August in slim, terminal panicles. The leaves, which have been suggested to replace tea, will retain their odour for years and are used in perfumery. They should be gathered at flowering time.
All the species of Lippia abound in volatile oil.
—Constituents—The odour is due to an essential oil obtainable by distillation. It has not been analysed in detail.
—Medicinal Action and Uses—Febrifuge, sedative. The uses of Lemon Verbena are similar to those of mint, orange flowers, or melissa, as a stomachic and antispasmodic in dyspepsia, indigestion and flatulence, stimulating skin and stomach.
—Dosage—The decoction may be taken in several daily doses of three tablespoonsful.
Lippia Scaberrima, or Beukessboss ofSouth Africa, yields an essential oil with an odour like lavender, named Lippianol. It has a peculiar crystalline appearance, with the qualities of a monohydric alcohol.
From L. mexicana or possibly Cedronella mexicana, an essential oil resembling that of fennel was separated, and also a substance like camphor, called Lippioil.
The essence of Lemon-Grass, or Andropogon Schoenanthus, should not be confused with that of Lemon-Scented Verbena.
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Verbena cultivated plants
Within all verbenas, garden verbena (Verbena X hybryda) is the best known and used of all vervain cultivated species. It is a perennial plant in very hot weather, but usually grown as an annual plant.
The erect varieties can reach half a meter in height, but the most used are creeping varieties, which do not usually go beyond 30 cm.
Verbenas are plants with small leaves, dark green, irregularly toothed, with pleasing spice-like aromas. Flowers of various colors appear together in very dense florets and have varied colors (white, red, mauve, purple or pink)
They bloom from late spring and throughout the summer.
Varieties and species of verbena
Among the main ones, we have the following:
– Garden verbena (Verbena X hybryda) is the most used in gardening. It has been described above.
– Common verbena or vervain (Verbena officinalis): Not used practically in gardening. (More information about this plant in the above list)
– Purpletop vervain, clustertop vervain, Argentinian vervain, tall verbena,(Verbena bonariensis): It comes from Argentina and Brazil, although it is cultivated and naturalized in western Europe. It has dark purple flowers that are born in very elongated stems without flowers of more than one meter high. It blooms from summer to autumn. It is characterized by its resistance to drought. It is used in veterinary medicine as an abortifacient.
– Verbena canadensis: It comes from eastern North America. With creeping habits, it grows about 60 cm wide to 40 cm high dark. Purple flowers.
– Hardy verbena, vervain (Verbena hastata): From Canada and the United States, it is characterized by its spiky leaves and small purple flowers. It is very easy to grow. With expectorant and sudorific properties, it is used to fight colds, fever and stomach pain.
– Peruvian verbena (Verbena peruviana) from Peru and Brazil, it is a small creeping verbena with oval leaves that form a carpet on the floor where it spreads. It also very used as a hanging plant, especially the variety “Red Waterfall”. With characteristic little but very vivid scarlet flowers. It reproduces by cuttings.
– Pink Verbena, toronjilcillo (Verbena laciniata): A South American verbena that grows up 30 to 40 cm, although it is much expanded. Finely divided leaves, grayish green with blue flowers in heads.
– Tuberous verbena, slender vervain (Verbena rigida): From South America, it is a plant that can reach 60 cm high. Its erect stems arise from tuberous roots. fragrant and oblong leaves. Pale violet flowers, although there are red varieties. It supports fine salinity and sea winds so it is a species that is quite used to plant by the sea. It is used in China for stomach ache.
– Seashore vervain, Brazilian vervain, Field verbena, spells herb, ōwī (Verbena litoralis): Erect plant from Chile where it grows wild up to 4000 meters above sea level. Oblong or lanceolate, serrated leaves. Flowers bluish white. Its uses are similar to those of Verbena officinalis, but it is especially used to combat malaria and cough or externally for blows or sprains (See Verbena properties in the listing above). You need organic matter and a mild temperature.
– Moss verbena (Verbena tenuisecta): Plant from Argentina and Chile. Prostrate form in dense clumps 15 to 30 cm tall and 7 to 15 cm wide, reminiscent of moss. Small, lanceolate finely divided green leaves. Its flowers are lilac. It needs very warm places and a quite dry, almost arid soil.
Picture of purple verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
It is quite resistant to drought. A weekly watering is usually sufficient once they are well adapted to the terrain. It is important not overwatering. You must leave a couple of days the soil dry before watering again.
Verbena gardening uses
Although it can be planted in pots, it is ideal for flower beds in public or private gardens which form very tight and elegant massifs. They are also used as hanging plants on balconies or terraces.
Verbena. Exposure and environment
It prefers sun but tolerates partial shade. It is a plant, lover of temperate or warm climates. It can not stand frost, so it is best to plant it in places where winters are not very hard and especially protected from winds.
It can be reproduced by seeds in the fall or spring. It is best to sow the seeds in late March. Keep the seedlings in a warm place at a temperature of about 20 or 30 ° C. Not very convenient to sow directly in their final place, especially when it comes to extensive plantations.
They can be transplanted into their final place about May 15. The plants take a long to germinate, sometimes more than a month, although the usual period is usually between 15 and 30 days.
– Reproduction by division or cuttings
They can also be reproduced by dividing young shoots in spring, by root cuttings in summer or autumn, or by division in late winter.
The cuttings should be planted horizontally, covering the central part with soil. From there, they will begin to take root in the central area. Once well-established, you can separate them.
Verbena. Soil, fertilizer and care
It prefers sandy soil with a basic pH, limestone type and good drainage. Fertilize every 20 days during the growing period with liquid fertilizer for plants.
In extensive plantations, it will be needed about 24 to 30 tons of ripe manure per hectare.
By spring, back in April, adding about 280 kg of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium exploiting the spring plowing. It may also be interesting to add half a tonne of calcium superphosphate per hectare and half of potassium sulfate.
Verbena. Harvesting and drying
Harvest must be carried out in mid-summer, about 1 month after flowering. It will be dried in the shade or with an artificial heat source, without the temperature reaches 35 ° C.
Verbena. Plagues and diseases
Verbena is a very hardy plant that usually does not present too many pests or diseases. Among some that may appear, we have spider mites and aphids.
More information on vervain.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing
Lemon Verbena: Why You Should Drink this Herbal Tea
When it comes to Herbal Tea, thoughts often drift to Peppermint and Camomile. However, there is a newcomer expected to give these brews a run for their money: Lemon Verbena Tea. Why? First, it tastes great. Second, because of Lemon Verbena benefits.
This Herbal Tea calms anxiety, treats congestion, reduces inflammation and improves weight management. Indeed, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have already noted an increase in interest in this delectable infusion.
In this article, we will answer some of your questions, including:
- What is Lemon Verbena?
- What is Lemon Verbena Tea Good For?
- Does Lemon Verbena Tea Have Caffeine?
- Is Lemon Verbena Good For The Skin?
- Is Lemon Verbena Safe During Pregnancy?
- Where To Buy Lemon Verbena Tea?
Have we not answered your particular question? Ask us! We’d love to hear from you. But right now, let’s explore the ‘what’s’, the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows’ of Lemon Verbena benefits.
What is Lemon Verbena?
The Aloysia citrodora plant, also known as Lemon Verbena, is an aromatic, perennial shrub native to South America. It famously exudes a potent aroma reminiscent of lemon.
However, this plant and the renowned citrus fruit are not, in fact, related. Lemon Verbena also goes by a nickname: Lemon Beebush. This refers to its immense popularity among bees across Argentina, Chile, Peru, and other South American countries.
Lemon Verbena thrives in rich soils with good drainage. It requires warm and humid climates to grow to its full potential, preferring sunlit areas with sheltered positioning. With these measures in place, it can grow to heights of up to three metres.
Its coarse leaves, meanwhile, reach lengths of 8 centimetres. It’s these leaves from where its lemony aroma derives. It’s also these leaves used in the making of Lemon Verbena Tea.
When brewed, it boasts smooth, refreshing, sweet and citrusy flavours, with herbaceous undertones. Every sip will transport you to the beautiful mountains and vast valleys of South America. Arguably best of all, with every sip also comes the benefits. What more could you want from your morning cuppa’?
History of Lemon Verbena
It’s possible that the indigenous peoples of South America first consumed this herb for Lemon Verbena benefits. However, knowledge only spread decades after the Spanish colonisation of the continent.
A French botanist named Philibert Commerson made the initial ‘discovery’ during the 1760s. He had reached the shores of South America as part of Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s circumnavigation of the world.
Commerson, after naming it “Aloysia triphylla”, presented specimens of the plant to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Madrid, Spain. There, two Spanish physicians and botanists named Casimiro Gomez Ortega and Antonio Paulau y Verdera renamed it “Aloysia citrodora”.
This name change was in honour of Maria Louisa, the Princess of Parma and later the wife of Spanish King Charles IV. To this day, Lemon Verbena sometimes goes by the nickname “Herb Louisa”.
By the late 18th Century, the Spanish began cultivating ‘Herb Louisa’ in their homeland. Today, people around the world also use it for perfumes, air fresheners, potpourris and, of course, Lemon Verbena Tea. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we prefer the latter!
Lemon Verbena Tea Caffeine
Does Lemon Verbena Tea Have Caffeine? The answer is No. Like most Herbal Teas, excluding Yerba Mate Tea, Lemon Verbena does not contain any caffeine.
It’s also worth noting that the term “Tea” is ambiguous at best. Because Lemon Verbena Tea doesn’t come from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant, and thus doesn’t contain caffeine, it also isn’t a “Tea” in the conventional sense. Nevertheless, the name has stuck, and indeed the global Tea industry continues to cherish this beverage.
Some interpret its lack of caffeine as a Lemon Verbena Tea benefit. How? Caffeine overconsumption can lead to jitteriness and sleeplessness. It can make people irritable and dependent.
A caffeine-free beverage such as Lemon Verbena Tea, on the other hand, avoids these risks. This makes it an excellent alternative for those looking to cut down on their caffeine intake. Those who are caffeine sensitive and/or pregnant likewise choose this Tea for this reason.
Lemon Verbena Tea Benefits
No doubt, like most of us, you are tired of hearing and reading fake news. The internet is teeming with the stuff. It almost seems inescapable. So how do you know that we aren’t part of the problem?
Because we come armed with evidence. When it comes to Lemon Verbena benefits, in particular, we reference the latest scientific research. No longer are its medicinal qualities a myth of herbalists.
Now, they are a fact of scientists. But what is Lemon Verbena Tea good for, exactly?
Lemon Verbena Weight Loss
Are you looking to lose a few extra pounds? Lemon Verbena benefits are an excellent accompaniment to an already healthy and active lifestyle. First, it contains no more than two calories per serving.
This is significantly lower than, say, an average-sized fizzy soft drink. In our opinion, it also tastes much better than a can of sugar-filled cola, so it’s a win-win!
Furthermore, preliminary research suggests that it can boost the metabolism of fat cells. This process essentially converts the fuel in your food into energy, which powers nearly everything we do. This, in turn, enables the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. Ultimately, this means that periods of moderate exercise produce better results.
But that’s not all it can do when it comes to fitting into your favourite pair of jeans again. It can also reduce muscle damage during workout periods.
How? A 2011 study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology has the answers. The study saw participants who worked out for 90 minutes daily consume Lemon Verbena extract. The results noted a reduction in the amount of overall muscle damage experienced.
Improved Joint Function
Preliminary research suggests correlations between Lemon Verbena and improved joint function. This is according to a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It saw 45 participants with joint problems take a dietary supplement of omega-3 fatty acids alongside Lemon Verbena extract.
After three weeks, a significant percentage of participants showed a decrease in overall joint pain and an increase in joint mobility. By four weeks, this percentage increased even further. It’s possible that the reason for this its ability to combat oxidative stress.
The antioxidants in this Tea neutralise free radicals in the body, which are the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation. By slowing down oxidation, and in turn oxidative stress, this beverage reduces the risks of developing numerous chronic conditions.
However, the word “preliminary” is an essential factor to consider. Until we know more, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company urge a medical consultation before drinking Lemon Verbena Tea for improved joint function. Nevertheless, we support ongoing research.
Immune System Support
Summer is nearly upon us, and yet sometimes it feels like there’s no escaping the ‘sniffles’. Having a cold when the sun shines bright and everyone is out in the garden relaxing is beyond frustrating. It almost feels like an oxymoron: a cold in the summer?!
This beverage, thanks in part to its antioxidants, not only supports but also boosts the immune system. This, in turn, can keep colds and even the flu at bay, helping you to get back out into the sunshine.
The evidence comes from a 2012 study published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science. The research saw participants, all of whom were athletes, take 1.8 grams of Lemon Verbena extract daily for 21 days.
At the end of the study, most participants had stronger white blood cells, a promising sign of an improved immune system. It also showed that the athletes had fewer markers for oxidative stress.
Is Lemon Verbena Good For The Skin?
There are many ways that Lemon Verbena Tea benefits can keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. First, its antioxidants, as already mentioned, combat free radicals in the body. This can not only improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, but also supports skin health.
Furthermore, it contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that also work well against blemishes and skin-related conditions. Verbascoside, for example, has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties combat inflammation by increasing the production of tyrosine phosphatase. A combination of verbascoside and another Lemon Verbena constituent, luteolin 7-diglucuronide, also protects the skin against UV rays and wilting.
Lemon Verbena Pregnancy
Is Lemon Verbena safe during pregnancy? For the most, yes. However, it’s also essential to recognise the precautions in place. There is a lack of research surrounding most Herbal Teas and pregnancy.
This is excluding Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy, which has its own, well-documented pregnancy benefits. Lemon Verbena Tea, meanwhile, has scarce evidence either for or against its consumption during pregnancy. For this reason, it’s difficult to know one way or another at this time.
Should you have any concerns, be sure to listen to the advice of your midwife or another medical professional. However, there is another side to this coin. According to NHS Choices, pregnant women should not exceed 200 mg of caffeine daily. Yet one doesn’t have to worry about any caffeine at all when it comes to this tea.
Other Lemon Verbena Tea Benefits
This Herbal Tea can aid digestion thanks to its antispasmodic properties. It can, among other qualities, eliminate cramping and bloating. This makes it an excellent choice before, during and after a large, fatty meal. It also makes it an equally excellent choice for those who experience gastrointestinal complaints from time to time.
It can also combat halitosis (i.e. bad breath) owing to its bold, lemony flavour. However, some might consider this less of a Lemon Verbena benefit and more of a choice before going out on a date! Indeed, some may say the same for any strong-flavoured Tea. This includes Peppermint, Hibiscus, Lemongrass and Lemon Balm Herbal Tea.
Lemon Verbena Tea benefits can also provide stress and anxiety relief. In fact, most Teas can. Leading research suggests that chronic stress disrupts our sleep and blood sugar levels. This leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. Ironically, increased hunger and comfort eating often leads to even higher levels of stress, as well as even more disrupted sleep and blood sugars.
In time, this cruel circle not only leads to unhealthy levels of body fat but also, very potentially, type-2 diabetes. Lemon Verbena Tea isn’t an answer by itself. However, it certainly helps; particularly after a long, hard day at work when sitting on the sofa with a cuppa’ is all you want. Why not make that cuppa’ this wonderful, aromatic, and harmonious Herbal Tea?
Where to Buy Lemon Verbena Tea
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company stock a variety of beverages that include this much-loved herb. First and foremost, we have our particularly popular Lemon Verbena Tea Bags. As its name suggests, one can enjoy these Tea Bags 50 times over.
If you don’t have time to brew Loose Leaf Tea, then this is the choice for you. If, however, you prefer the taste of Loose Tea, then we also have our Lemon Verbena Tea Leaves Cut.
Alternatively, you could choose a blend such as Lemon Verbena, Hibiscus and Ginger Tea. This beverage, as well as having Lemon Verbena Tea benefits, also offers health benefits associated with Hibiscus and Ginger. This includes lower blood pressure (hibiscus) and improved digestion (ginger). Better still, it tastes fantastic.
Whatever you choose, you’ve chosen well with us. We pack all of our Teas, Tisanes and Coffees fresh to order. This ensures not only quality but also consistency. That means that with every cuppa’ brewed, you are only getting the best of the best.
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About French Verveine:
Also known as Lemon Verbena and Verveine Odorante, French Verveine is a fragrant herb indigenous to South America, namely Argentina, Chile and Peru. It was introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 17th century where it was given the name Aloysia triphylla after the princess Maria Louisa of Parma and for its spirals of triphylla (three leaves).
Verveine is a versatile herb and can lend its fresh, lemony aroma to any variety of teas, liquors, desserts, or other culinary delights.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Verveine leaves.
Soft, rich, lemony aroma and smooth taste. Refreshing and soothing.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
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