Lemon Verbena essential oil, lippia javanica, has been used for cramps, indigestion, liver congestion, anxiety, insomnia, nervous tension and stress related conditions. The dried leaves are still used as a popular household tea in Europe as a refreshing, uplifting drink and to restore the liver after a hang-over. It is also popular in France, Europe, and USA in perfumery and citrus colognes.
Verbena or lemon verbena, lippia javanica, is a handsome deciduous perennial shrub up to 5m high with a woody stem, very fragrant, delicate, pale green, lanceolate leaves arranged in threes, and small pale purple flowers. Often grown as an ornamental bush in gardens, the uses of lemon verbena are similar to those of mint, orange flowers and melissa (lemonbalm). Native to Chile and Argentina, it is now cultivated in the Mediterranean region - France, Tunisia, Algeria - as well as Kenya and China. The essential oil is from the harvested herb, and is produced mainly in southern France and North Africa.
Verbena Lemon essential oil has a sweet, fresh, lemony, fruity-floral, fragrance of verbena and blends well with the following essential oils: orange blossom, neroli (orange blossom), palmrosa, olibanum, Tolu balsam, elemi, lemon, and other citrus oils.
Verbena oil cautions - Possible sensitization, photo toxicity due to high citral levels.
Lemon verbena properties - Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, detoxifying, digestive, februge, hepatobiliary, stimulant, sedative (nervous), stomachic.