Lemon Verbena, Aloysia citrodora
Lemon Verbena is a perennial flowering shrub native to South America. The tiny flowers vary from purple to white and the leaves are very fragrant, lanceolate, arranged in threes and 1 to 4 inches long. Lemon Verbena is aptly named, as it smells like lemon and imparts lemon-like flavor into tea and culinary dishes.
Lemon Verbena is a fragrant herb that inspires relief from physical, mental and emotional blockages. Physically, Lemon Verbena can help break up mucus and congestion, settle indigestion, reduce joint pain by increasing circulation and removing toxic buildup, calm spasms and help break a fever. Mentally and emotionally, it is mood-elevating and can help reduce agitation and anxiety. Due to its uplifting aroma, Lemon Verbena is used as an herbal antidepressant and can evoke an overall feeling of ‘relief’.
Lemon Verbena also contains a protective quality. Boosting the immunity with antioxidants and effective volatile oils, it helps fight off illness and maintain health. It will also protect cells and plasma from over-exercise oxidative damage and help strengthen muscle and skin tone.
- Relieves anxiety
- Reduces inflammation
- Calms agitation and insomnia
- Helps with weight loss and appetite
- Allays asthma, colds, fevers, and chills
- Useful for indigestion, gas, colic, diarrhea, and constipation
- Reduces hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and other skin conditions
- Repels insects
- Mild sedative
- Antibacterial and Antiviral