Lemon Verbena | Organic (Aloysia Citrodora)
Also known as vervarin, the Lemon Verbena is a native of Chile, Peru, and Argentina, but is now widely cultivated in the tropical regions of Europe. This is an herb that has been used since ancient times in the treatment of a number of ailments.
With its delightful scent and taste, lemon verbena is a bright, sweet herb that can make recipes so much more interesting. It also has a wide range of medicinal properties. The herb is recognized and used in traditional medicine systems for its carminative, aromatic, bactericidal, antiseptic, tonic, and anti-spasmodic properties.
Lemon verbena benefits may include relief from common digestive complaints including gas, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea. The tea also reduces stress-induced symptoms, boosts the health of the nervous system, and fights fever and cold symptoms.
It is known to calm nerves almost instantly and hence, used for anxiety, stress-related insomnia, mental exhaustion, and heart palpitations. It is often recommended to reduce the adverse effects of PMS and painful menstrual cycle. Other lemon verbena uses have included easing joint pain, skin conditions, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.
Applied externally, Lemon Verbena acts as an effective expectorant and anti-spasmodic agent. It is excellent at breaking down cellulite and hence, it can help tone the skin, reduce puffiness and heal acne. It is also used extensively as a hair tonic.
An excellent property of this herb is that it can provide relief even if it is not ingested. Those who do not like drinking the Lemon Verbena tea, can use it soaked in their bath and experience the benefits of this miraculous herb.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!