Sleeping with Lemon Verbena©
Aloysia triphylla (Lippia
citriodora Kunth. syn. Verbena
Information. This scent is strongly citrus with a floral note
and a woody finish. It
is expensive and often other oils are substituted for it. It is a
powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.
The tea is helpful for sleeping, the hydrosol has the
opposite effect and when sprayed on the face, it can help to keep
you awake on a long drive.
— Verbena means sacred boughs and plants used medicinally; Aloysia
is after Maria Louise, the Princess of Parma who died in 1819 and
triphylla means leaves in whorls of threes.
of the Herb — The herb tea is very useful as a tonic beverage
to be taken before bed for sleeping. It is a delicious tea and can
be drunk anytime as it is relaxing and soothing (1 heaping T/cup of
water). It has found use in the treatment of Crohn's disease that is
an anti-inflammatory disease that affects the gastro-intestinal
The herb tea is
different from the herbal infusion taken for a particular condition.
Sleeping Potion: Take
a large handful of the herb; add 2 cups of boiling water (do not
boil the herb), steep in a covered container for 15 minutes. Strain
out the infusion, add honey and drink just before bedtime or if you
wake up in the middle of the night. The herbal beverage does not
need to be drunk hot to be effective. You can also mix this with a
Chamomile tea, leave beside the bed and drink if you wake up in the
to Distill — Distill the leaves before flowering, discard the
heavier stems. During or after flowering, citral is reduced while
other components are increased.
— Green, vegetative, herbaceous and floral with a strong
citrus character. It is
different from either Melissa or Lemon peel.
of the Essential Oil — Chemical components are identified as
35-40% citral (a combination of neral and geranial); 13% limonene,
6% citronellol, 6% geraniol, nerol 5%; many other components. —Essential
Oils 1976-1992 by Brian
of the Essential Oil — This essential oil is a powerful
anti-inflammatory, fever reducer and sedative. It is generally
inhaled for stress, insomnia, depression, and nervous fatigue and to
help during an asthmatic crisis. Strongly anti-viral, it is applied
directly to a cold sore to reduce pain and symptoms.
Sources — These two plants are available as hydrosol and essential
oil and available from a variety of companies.
For a list, please contact the Aromatic Plant Project or
Prima Fleur at 415/455-0957.
Vol. 24, May/June 1999, p
Jeanne. 375 Essential Oils
& Hydrosols. Frog 1999.
Jeanne. An Herb for Skin Care.
Aromatic Plant Project Press Release. March 2000.
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