Gaia Herbs | plant intelligence

Herb Reference Guide

Lemon Verbena

History

This deciduous bush is native to several South American countries. Its been noted to grow up to 25 feet tall and likes warm temperatures and light loam soil. You will think you are in a field of Lemon-Lime lollipops when you are around this plant in the garden. It is unique in that you do not have to bruise the leaves for the fragrance to be so dominant. The essential oils extracted from this plant have been used in toiletries, perfumes and tea blends.

Function

One of the main uses in a tea blend is to help improve the flavor of other herbs, which may be bitter or too pungent. The plant is extremely high in essential oils and is well noted for maintaining its strong flavor when the leaves are dried. Its main uses have been as a flavoring agent for sorbets, liqueurs, and fish or poultry dishes. It is well noted in all of the literature as being used in many teas.

Uses of Lemon Verbena

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

The essential oil (less than 1%) is mainly characterized by the aldehydes neral and geranial (citral); further mono­terpenoids are limonene, carvone, dipentene, linalool, nerol and geraniol.

Parts Used

  • Fruits

Important precautions

Not for use during pregnancy or lactation.

Additional Resources