It is a native of Chile and Argentina, it is now cultivated in the
Mediterranean region - France, Tunisia, Algeria and India. The essential oil
is from the harvested herb, and is produced mainly in southern France and
North Africas named after Marie Louisa, Princess of Parma. Lemon verbena oil
must not be mistaken with "Spanish verbena", also referred to by
some as "verbena oil", or with Verbena officinalis, which refers
to the herb Vervain.
Description of Verbena essential:
It is a deciduous, perennial shrub that grows up to 5 meters (16 feet) in
height and has a woody stem, very fragrant, delicate, pale green leaves and
small 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.
Sweet, Fresh, Lemony, Fruity-floral, Fragrance
A pale olive or yellow
Verbena oil has various chemical
compounds that include borneol, geraniol, linalool, nerol, citral,
dipentene, limonene and myrcene.
: Lemon verbena oil is extracted from the
freshly harvested leaves by steam distillation.
verbena pure essential oil helps to ease exhaustion, relieve anxiety, boost
concentration, a very strong antibacterial, antiseptic and antispasmodic
In the digestive system, lemon verbena oil helps with cramps, indigestion
and liver congestion and is helpful to restore the liver after a binge and
when suffering from a hangover. The stimulant action on the digestive system
helps to digest fats and the excellent action on the liver helps in cases of
cirrhosis as well as alcoholism. It soothes the respiratory tract and calms
heart palpitations. The calming action of the oil helps in sexual problems.
Lemon verbena oil helps to reduce depression and relaxes as well as
refreshes the body and mind, while uplifting the spirits and promoting
Cosmetics and Toiletries:
This oil helps with nervous conditions, especially those that manifest as
digestive complaints and is a wonderful liver tonic, while it has a
softening effect on the skin and help to reduce puffiness as well. It is
Burners and vaporizers :
In vapor therapy lemon verbena oil can be used for nervous conditions, when
trying to deal with stress or when feeling down and depressed.
Blended massage oil or in the bath :
As a blended massage
oil or diluted in the bath, lemon verbena oil can help with digestive
problems and is a boost for liver functions, insomnia and the nervous
system, helping to ease respiratory problems, such as bronchitis and sinus
congestion. It is also used to tone the skin. It helps in the possible
sensitization of the skin when added to bath or massage blend.
Cream or lotion :
In a cream or lotion it can help to reduce puffiness and soften the skin,
but use with care as it can sensitize the skin and cause phototoxicity. It
has a good preservative properties used in shampoos and active deodrants.
It also act as a natural insect repellent.
A 20% solution
was found to be effective against anopheles mosquitoes. It has good
repellency power and remained effective for four hours for at least 50% of
the insects. This is a good result for verbena oil.
Verbena can be used as fragrance raw material as the odour has been
described being a strong, pleasant and lemony odour with a delightful fresh
rosy tone and is extensively used for perfumery formulation. Verbena Petal
oil has a refined and fresh fragrance. It fights skin ageing, has a visible
anti-wrinkle effect and is a strong anti-oxidant. Various magical qualities
have always been assigned to verbena, it is one of the 12 plants honoured by
the "Rosenkreizer" order for its healing powers. It has a
purifying effect, improves vitality and gives way to elevated thoughts.
Lemon verbena leaves are used to add a lemony flavor to fish and poultry
dishes, vegetable marinades, salad dressings, jams, puddings, and beverages.
It also is used to make herbal teas and can make a refreshing
sorbet. In addition, it has anti-candida albicans activity. Herbal teas of
are called Tisanes which can be made with fresh or dried
flowers, leaves, seeds or roots of verbena. It can be made generally by
pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few
minutes. Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The tisane is then
strained, sweetened if so desired and served. The tea has been used as a
herbal remedy for insomnia at night and for general ailments during the day.