Lemon Verbena is a highly prized deciduous sub-shrub that belongs to the verbena family, Verbenaceae. It is also acknowledged as lemon beebrush and can reach a height of approximately 10 feet. Lemon Verbena is characterized by arched branches where the emergence of pleasantly lemon-scented, lance-shaped, green leaves can be seen. This prestigious bush is capable of producing tiny white or pale lilac flowers that embellish the garden.
Lemon Verbena owns a rich medicinal history and stands as a reputable entity in cultural culinary usage. Its leaves are better used fresh to impart strong lemon fragrance to the salads, teas, and other beverages. Medicinally, Lemon Verbena is a potent antispasmodic, analgesic, antipyretic, sedative, and digestive tonic. Lemon Verbena works wonders in treating colic, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, rheumatism, asthma, piles, insomnia, varicose veins, and various skin disorders.
The Polyphenolic compounds and essential oils found in Lemon Verbena are reasons people sought after it. They not only produce lemon-like scent upon bruising the leaves but also confer the amazing medicinal properties to add up to the already soaring reputation of the Lemon Verbena.