Essential Oil of Verbena
Origin: Brought to Europe in the 18th century from South America and much of the oil is obtained from Algeria and Spain.
Plant description: A small bush with light green, slightly crinkled leaves with pale pink flowers.
Part of plant used for essential oil: Stalks and Leaves
Extraction method: Steam
Main Chemical Constituents: Borneol, Geraniol, Linalool, Nerol (Alcohols), Citral (Aldehyde), Dipentene, Limonene, Myrcene (Terpenes)
PRECAUTIONS: Phototoxic and strong skin sensitizer. Not appropriate for massage.
PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Digestive, Emollient, Febrifuge, Hepatic, Insecticide, Sedative, Stomacic, Tonic
Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Calms heart palpitations
Digestive: Especially helpful to the digestive system and controls stomach spasms, cramps, nausea, indigestion, and flatulence. Stimulates the appetite and has an action on bile and aiding digestion of fats.
Nervous system: Helpful for insomnia that is from nervousness
Mental/Emotional: Banishes depression due to its soothing effect on the parasympathetic nervous system. It has a relaxing, refreshing, and yet uplifting action on the emotions and helps deal with stress.
Respiratory system: Helpful for bronchitis as well as nasal congestion. Soothes asthmatic coughs.
Urinary system: Cools the liver and mitigates cirrhosis.
Skin care: Softens the skin and controls puffiness
About this essential oil: People started cultivating lemon verbena primarily for culinary purposes. Its leaves, either fresh or dried, are used to add a lemony flavor to dishes.