Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena (Verbena officinalis/Aloysia citrodora/Aloysia triphylla) originated in Argentina, Chile, and Peru although it is now commonly cultivated in mosts other warmer countries. The largest cultivation of Lemon Verbena takes place in Algeria, Chile, Israel, and Morocco. The applicable parts of lemon verbena are the leaf and flowering tops. Lemon Verbena contains volatile oil, flavonoids, and iridoids, among other constituents.

Lemon Verbena is used in nutritional formulations as well as in herbal teas. Other uses, also unsubstantiated, included treatment of pain, cramps, fatigue, nervous disorders, digestive disorders, liver and gallbladder diseases, kidney and urinary tract complications, symptoms of menopause, menstrual problems, gout, rheumatism, asthma, and water retention. Applied to the skin, it's used to relieve arthritis, itching, and the pain of minor burns, dislocations, and bruises. In Asian medicine, it's prescribed for abdominal distention, malaria, irregular menstruation, and swelling.

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