Ever heard of lemon verbena and its health benefits? Until a few months ago, I had no idea what this herb was. I came across it by chance on one of my garden shopping trips.
The aroma of this herb can be characterized as citrus smelling, akin to lemons. It smelled so good that I couldn’t resist coming home with a seedling. While researching about this herb, I stumbled upon its many health benefits. It turns out that lemon verbena tea for anxiety is something that is widely talked about in herbal medicine. There are also studies confirming its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. It works great as a bedtime tea as well! Click on this link or scroll down below to check out my lemon verbena and mint tea recipe for anxiety.
Lemon Verbena Background
Lemon verbena, also known as lemon beebrush, Aloysia citriodora or Lippia citriodora, is a flowering plant that belongs to the family Verbenaceae. This herb originated from Chile and Argentina where warmer climates encourage it to grow up to 3 meters high. Today, they can be purchased from garden stores and planted in a pot. I personally had no luck with potting my seedling and had to transplant it directly in the ground. Once I did, it grew tall and bushy. In my experience, it also seems to like the warm climate here in Southern California.
Lemon Verbena Phytochemistry
Lemon verbena is rich in polyphenolic compounds that have antioxidant side effects, one of which is known as verbascoside. It also contains citral (neral and geranial), limonene, cineole, geraniol, β-caryophyllene, spathulenol, luteolin 7-glucoside, and luteolin 7-diglucuronide . Verbascoside is the most abundant bioactive ingredient in lemon verbena and it is known as an anti-inflammatory. Thus, it has been investigated for its therapeutic effects towards inflammatory-related diseases such as anxiety disorders, arthritis, and even obesity. Lemon verbena tea is also a well-known folk remedy for cold, fever, and spasm.
10 Medicinal Benefits of Lemon Verbena
- A traditional remedy for cold and fever
- Helps with treating obesity by lowering triglyceride levels
- Can prevent skin infection by Staphylococcus aureus
- Helps repair muscle damage from chronic exercise
- Relieves involuntary muscle spasm
- Reduce inflammation (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
- Boost joint health
Lemon Verbena Uses
If you have lemon verbena that’s ready to be harvested, you’re in luck. This herb’s wonderful aroma can be a game changer in your cooking. It can be a refreshing addition to a salad, or it can be easily consumed as a beverage. For instance, lemon verbena tea for anxiety is a common herbal remedy, and it tastes great too!
You can also infuse it with vinegar as a cleaning solution or an herbal remedy to improve your immune system. If you have a sweet tooth, try flavoring your sugar or syrup with this citrus smelling herb. If you want to store it for later use, just simply put it in a food dehydrator or hang it dry. You can also make tinctures to soothe an upset tummy.
Lemon Verbena Tea for Anxiety Recipe
If you search the web for lemon verbena recipes, the result is vast! But if you’re simply looking for a quick recipe, making lemon verbena tea is perfect. Brew this herb if you are feeling anxious or looking for a natural remedy for a cold or upset stomach. Lemon verbena tea can also help those who have difficulty sleeping because of its sedative effect. Mixing it with other herbs such as mint can also give it an extra medicinal boost.
- 2 cups of water
- 1 sprig of lemon verbena (approximately 10-15 leaves)
- 1 sprig of fresh mint (about 10-15 leaves)
- 1 teaspoon of honey, or to taste (optional)
Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 3 mins | Ready in 8 mins
- Bring two cups of water to a boil.
- Separate the leaves from the stem, and place them in a tea infuser.
- Pour boiling water over lemon verbena and mint leaves and let sit for 3 minutes.
- Stir in honey and enjoy!
Chef’s note: You can make tea from lemon verbena alone, but don’t be afraid to experiment and mix it with other aromatic herbs such as lavender or basil.