Medically reviewed on June 7, 2018
What is Lemon Verbena?
Lemon verbena is a pleasant-smelling plant native to Argentina and Chile. The plant that is commonly cultivated in the tropics and Europe, and is grown commercially in France and North Africa. It bears small white flowers and has fragrant, lemon-scented narrow leaves.
Lemon verbena also is known as luisa.
What is it used for?
Lemon verbena has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries to stop muscle spasms, as a fever reducer and sedative, for indigestion, and to increase appetite, among other indications. Research regarding its medicinal use is limited. The leaves and flowering tops are used in teas and as beverage flavors. Its fragrance is used in perfumery.
Lemon verbena extract has demonstrated antioxidant activity and the essential oil has shown antimicrobial properties, but there is no evidence for clinical use.
What is the recommended dosage?
There are no clinical studies to support the safety of any dosing. Traditional dosage of a 45 mL extract taken several times per day has been described.
Avoid in kidney failure.
Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking.
None well documented.
Contact allergic reactions have been associated with members of related species. Avoid in kidney disorders because lemon verbena is excreted through the kidneys.
Lemon verbena is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption and for use as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.
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