Verbena

Essential Oil of ­­­­Verbena

Lippia citriodora

 

Family: Verbenaceae

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

 

USES:

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.

Immune System:

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.

Reproductive:

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.

 

 

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