Lemon verbena imparts a lemony aroma, making it a fantastic addition to fish, chicken, salads, soups, and marinades. It can also be used in various desserts, refreshing sorbets, ice creams, fruit salads, and beverages. Additionally, lemon verbena can be combined with other herbs in various infusions as a lemon substitute or used to make a wonderful calming tea with honey or milk.
Traditionally, lemon verbena is used as an infusion to alleviate indigestion, stomach pain, diarrhea, and colitis. It may help with migraines and combat bad breath. It serves as an excellent relaxant and possesses antioxidant properties, creating a delightful nighttime tea, especially when combined with its lemony flavor. Lemon verbena tea is also diuretic and can aid in the elimination of kidney stones and the removal of retained fluids that contribute to cellulite. In combination with exercise and a healthy diet, it may assist those aiming for weight loss. However, it’s advisable not to exceed two cups per day, with a two-week break after two weeks of use, and it’s recommended not to use it for more than eight weeks a year.
It should be avoided during pregnancy and by those with hypotension.