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Lemon Verbena, Rectified


Pure Therapeutic Lemon Verbena essential oil, Rectified

Botanical name :  Lippia citriodora,  Aloysia triphylla, Verbena triphylla

Extraction method / Source :  Steam Distillation (Rectified) /  Fresh Leaves

Aroma : Woodsy, fresh, sweet lemony

Note classification :  Middle         Odor Intensity :  3

Key constituents :  Limonene, geraniol, nerol, sabinene and several trace constituents          (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)

Shelf Life :  3 years or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.

Plant description :  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 :  France

Growing Practices :   Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides

Therapeutic Properties :   Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, digestive, febrifuge, hepatic, insecticide, sedative, stomachic, tonic (Althea Press, 2015)

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.

Fragrant influences:   Antidepressant, aphrodisiac, calming, lifts the spirits, refreshes mind and body.

Safety :   May irritate highly sensitive skin.  Avoid use before spending extended time in the sun.

Blends well with :  Bergamot, Elemi, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa

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.

References :

Althea Press, Essential Oils : Natural Remedies, 2015.  Althea Press, Berkeley, CA.

Cooksley, Valerie Gennari, Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal, 2002. Prentice Hall Press, New York, NY.

Cooksley, Valerie GennariAromatherapy : A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing with Essential Oils, 2015.  Floramed Publishing, The Woodlands, TX.

International Fragrance Research Association, (January 5, 2016)  

Schnaubelt, KurtAdvanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, (English translation)1998. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Schnaubelt, KurtThe Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils : The Science of Aromatherapy2011. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

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