Lemon Verbena Essential Oil
Lemon verbena oil is extracted from Lippia citriodora – also known as Aloysia triphylla (also known as A. citriodora, Lippia triphylla and Verbena triphylla) from the Verbenaceae family and is also known as verbena or herb Louisa.
This essential oil is great to banish blues and depression and at the same time softening the skin and reducing puffiness.
Lemon verbena oil has a lemony, sweet fresh aroma and is pale olive or yellow in color.
Origin of lemon essential oil
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. It is a native of Chile and is 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.
Lemon verbena oil is extracted from the freshly harvested leaves by steam distillation.
The main chemical components of lemon verbena is borneol, geraniol, linalool, nerol, citral, dipentene, limonene and myrcene.
There is not much safety data regarding lemon verbena oil, but since it has a high citral level it may cause sensitization and is phototoxic.
The therapeutic properties of lemon verbena oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive, emollient, febrifuge, hepatic, insecticide, sedative, stomachic and tonic.
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 matters.
Lemon verbena oil helps to banish depression and relaxes as well as refreshes the body and mind, while uplifting the spirits and promoting stress control.
The above information is for general research purposes only and is not a representation or warranty of any kind. This material is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The user of this material is solely responsible for determining fitness for any particular use; requesting and reviewing the applicable Material Safety Data Sheet; and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Terms and conditions apply.