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Lemon Verbena: An Aromatic Herb

Jun 29, 2022
Often known as the “queen of the lemon scented herbs,” lemon verbena is native to western South America. When the Spanish introduced it to Europe, it became a vital raw material for the perfume trade.

Often known as the “queen of the lemon scented herbs,” lemon verbena is native to western South America. When the Spanish introduced it to Europe, it became a vital raw material for the perfume trade. The plant is a deciduous shrub that can reach 6 feet in height and produce glossy, lanceolate leaves and clustering, aromatic, small white or purple flowers on panicles. Once used as a sedative and to relieve stomach and joint pain, asthma, colds and hemorrhoids, it is known to possess anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant qualities. Today it is used to aid digestion, relieve arthritis pain, reduce tension, and as an expectorant