Lemon Verbena

Latin:   Aloysia citriodora

Family:  Verbenaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves, flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Sour, cooling, drying

Properties:  Anxiolytic, carminative, diaphoretic, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial

Actions:  This is another gentle relaxant herb that tastes great and is useful for all ages.  Lemon verbena also has a nice shelf life and retains its aromatic properties as a dried plant for a good 6-9 months.  This is an herb to offer to children and elderly for feverish colds.  Lemon verbena will help relax the stomach to improve digestion and is gently antispasmodic for cramps and muscle tension.  Lemon verbena has a nice uplifting quality that makes it helpful for mild depression as well.

Dosage:  Best taken in tea form- 1-2 tsp to cup of hot water infused for 10 mins.   Also can be added to meals as an herb ingredient.  Can be infused into oil and then used for massage.

Contraindications:  None