Lemon Verbena essential oil, lippia javanica, has been used for cramps, indigestion, liver congestion, anxiety, insomnia, nervous tension and stress related conditions. This one is the wildcrafted variety, handpicked and distilled from wild growing verbena plants. Wild lemon verbena essential oil is considered premium quality and has better therapeutic value and a sweet, fresh, lemony, fruity-floral, fragrance. 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 also known as 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, and native to Chile and Argentina, it is now cultivated in the Mediterranean region - France, Tunisia, and Algeria - as well as Kenya and China. The essential oil uses of lemon verbena are similar to those of mint, orange flowers and melissa (lemonbalm).
Verben essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: orange blossom, neroli (orange blossom), palmrosa, olibanum, Tolu balsam, elemi, lemon, and other citrus oils.
Lemon verbena oil cautions - Possible sensitization, photo toxicity due to high citral levels. Avoid exposure to the sun.
Verbena oil properties - Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, detoxifying, digestive, februge, hepatobiliary, stimulant, sedative (nervous), stomachic.