Verbena leaves, which have been suggested to replace tea, will retain their odor for years and are used in perfumery.
Lemon Verbana has been a favorite for garden rooms in North America since its introduction in the 1800's. It was named after Maria Louisa, Princess of Parma in 1819.
In Gone with the Wind, lemon verbena is mentioned as Scarlet O'Hara's mother's favorite plant. Dried leaves hold their wonderful scent well and are used in potpourris, sachets, and pillows. The oil has been used in cologne, toilet water, perfume, and soap. A strong infusion can be added to the bath. But as it is expensive, it has been replaced by the use of lemongrass.
Lemon Verbana as an Herb for Medicinal Uses
Verbena tea is used to treat nausea, gas, and digestive upset. The uses of Lemon Verbena are similar to those of mint, orange flowers, or melissa, as a stomachic and antispasmodic in dyspepsia, indigestion and flatulence, stimulating skin and stomach.
The decoction may be taken in several daily doses of three tablespoonsful.
Culinary Uses of Lemon Verbana
As a culinary, lemon verbena makes one of the best beverage teas, especially when blended with mint. It can also be used to brighten the taste of fish, poultry, veggie marinades, stuffing, salad dressing, jellies, and vinegar. Chop up leaves and put them in drinks.
Finely crumbled dried leaves can be added to the batters of carrot, banana, or zucchini bread. Try adding some to cooked rice just before serving.
Did You Know?
Lemon Verbana is the Herb of the Month for August.
Folklore & Magickal Uses
Hang Lemon Verbena around your neck or drink juice to prevent dreams. It is used in love spells, and is added to other spells to strengthen them. Use it in a purifying bath.
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