Lemon Verbena

What is Lemon Verbena?

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.

What is Lemon Verbena Used For?

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 and Benefits of Lemon Verbena


    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 of Lemon Verbena

    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

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