Lemon Verbena, Rectified
Pure, Therapeutic Lemon Verbena essential oil, Rectified
Lippia citriodora, Aloysia triphylla, or Verbena triphylla
Extraction method / Source
Steam Distillation (Rectified) / Fresh Leaves
Woodsy, fresh, sweet lemony
Limonene, geraniol, nerol, sabinene and several trace constituents
Botanical family: Verbenaceae
Lemon Verbena is a periennal shrub native to South America, and is now grown in parts of Europe and Africa. It produces fragrant, narrow, soft green leaves and small purple flowers, and can grow to a height of over 16 feet.
Regions of Production
Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides
History / Fun Facts
The lemon verbena plant is known by many other names, including Cedron, Lemon Beebush, Yerba Louisa and Lemon Louisa. It is believed that in the 1700's the plant was named after Marie Louisa, Princess of Panama, and later Queen of Spain. The Spanish brought the plant to Europe in the 18th Century, where it was primarily used as a tea and in perfume making.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, digestive, febrifuge, hepatic, insecticide, sedative, stomachic, tonic (Althea Press, 2015)
Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits
Supports healthy liver function, including during alcohol-induced hangover. Helps soothe the respiratory tract, calm heart palpitations, and promotes restful sleep. Added to skin lotion or cream, Lemon Verbena softens the skin and reduces puffiness -- if used around the eyes, care must be taken not to get into the eyes. It is also thought to be aphrodisiac, and helps reduce barriers to intimacy. Lemon Verbena essential oil is widely used in the perfume industry.
Antidepressant, aphrodisiac, calming, lifts the spirits, refreshes mind and body.
Modes of Administration
Topical: massage, compress, skin care lotions, creams and ointments.
Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, aromatherpay inhaler.
Blends well with
Bergamot, Elemi, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa
May irritate highly sensitive skin. Avoid use before spending extended time in the sun.
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