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The healing power of fragrant vervain or lemon verbena

  1. Lemon verbena originates from Chile and is now used worldwide as a culinary herb. The leaves are characterized by their lemon scent. You can also drink tea from it. Lemon verbena is best known for its medicinal properties for nervousness and insomnia. It's a soothing herb. It grows in the Netherlands but does not survive every winter. In principle, lemon verbena can reach a height of meters, but in the Netherlands you can be happy if you reach 60 centimeters. In a warm climate it can reach a height of 4.5 meters. It is advisable to put lemon verbena in the greenhouse in a cold climate during the winter time.

Naming vervain

  1. The Latin name for fragrant vervain is Aloysia triphylla. A Latin synonym is Lippia citriodora. In Dutch we know, besides the name fragrant vervain, lemon verbena. Lemon verbena tea is sometimes sold under the French name 'verveine'. The plant is called verbena because it resembles the European Verbena officinalis, also verbena in terms of soothing properties and external growth habit

Active ingredients fragrant vervain

  1. Fragrant vervain contains mainly essential oil with mainly aldehydes such as citrol, geranial, neral and 1,8 cineal. It contains the sesquiterpenes betacaryophyllene, alpha-frasene, monoterpenes including limonene, terpene alcohols such as linole and terpineol and furcumarins. It further contains flavonoids such as salvigenin, eupafoline and hispidulin. The aldehydes in lemon verbena are also found in lemon, lemongrass and orange, which is why the lemon verbena is somewhat like citrus

Iron hard for stomach and intestinal complaints

  1. Vervain aids digestion. It is carminative and antispasmodic. For these reasons it is an excellent plant for lemon verbena Flower / Source: H. Zell, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Powerful antioxidants in lemon verbena

  1. Research shows that lemon verbena contains powerful antioxidants. Most people think that antioxidants are in fruits and vegetables, but they are also in herbs

Lemon verbena in a tea mix

  1. Lemon verbena tastes great as a tea and it is also used in tea blends to give the tea an extra refreshing taste. A less pleasant taste of some medicinal herbs, such as peach herb, can easily be masked with the help of lemon verbena.

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