LEMON VERBENA 

lat. Aloysia citrodora
hrv. Citronovac

Lemon verbena is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family Verbenaceae. Common names include lemon verbena and lemon beebrush. It is perennial shrub that has a powerful lemony scent and that can grow to 2-3 metre in height.  

History and Origin

The herb was brought to Europe by the Spanish and the Portuguese in the 17th century l and has been cultivated for its oil ever since.

Properties

The essential oil of lemon verbena, when extracted, contains a high concentration of powerful antioxidant compounds. The most common use of lemon verbena, outside of herbal pill supplementation, is as a herbal tea made of the dried leaves or as an addition to standard tea in the place of actual lemon.

Lemon verbena is effective in weight loss, fever and inflammation reduction, treating congestion and stomach pain and muscle strengthening. It is also used as an instant anxiety relief or simply an immunity booster!

In the culinary world, lemon verbena is used to add a lemon flavour to fish and poultry dishes, vegetable marinades, salad dressings, jams, puddings, yogurts and beverages.

Lemon Verbena Tea

A refreshing hot drink for summer nights. 

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
6 cups water
8-12 lemon verbena leaves
1-2 inch piece lemongrass (thinly sliced)
honey (optional to serve)

Instructions

  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and add the lemon verbena and lemongrass and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove the leaves and lemongrass from the boiling water.
  • Serve hot with honey for taste.

    Recipe from: abc.go.com