Lemon verbena Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Lippia citriodora

Also Known As

Cedron, Lemon Beebrush, Lemon Luisa and Yerba Louisa


South America

Parts Used

Aerial parts

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Lemon Verbena is a stomachic and therefore good for relieving indigestion, heartburn, and for tonifying the digestive tract. It is also great for soothing anxiety and as a sedative it is helpful in insomnia. Lemon balm is a febrifuge, and is indicated for use in reducing fevers, its also gentle in its action so its good for use by children or the elderly.

Typical Use

Lemon verbena leaves can be made into a delicious and refreshing tea. Use ½ teaspoon of dried leaves per person/cup. Steep in hot water.

Folklore and History

Lemon verbena is a lovely aromatic plant that is indiginous to South America, it was brought over to Europe by the Spaniards. It has been used widely as a culinary herb, and as a tea, it was also used as a perfume and it has been known for its medicinal properties.

Lemon verbena

Constituents of Lemon Verbena include citral, menthyl heptenone, carvone, l-limonene, dipentene, geraniol.