Lemon Verbena tea
What has Lemon Verbena tea been drunk for?
It’s been used as an anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial medicine; as a sedative and for indigestion, flatulence, colic, diarrhoea, constipation. It’s soothing qualities can help improve an agitated mind, joint pains, insomnia, asthma, colds, fever, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, skin conditions, chills, sore throats and flu.
Lemon Verbena is a perennial shrub growing to 2–3 m high. The 8-cm-long, glossy, pointed leaves are slightly rough to the touch and emit a powerful scent reminiscent of lemon when bruised. While native to South America you will find that it will grow in a warm, sunny spot in a British garden and was introduced to Europe in the late 18th century. You can try growing one in a greenhouse or window. Soothing, calming, light and delicious lemon verbena has been used for countless generations, both old and young alike.
You can drink lemon verbena tea for digestive disorders including indigestion, gas, colic, diarrhoea, and constipation. It is also used for agitation, joint pain, insomnia, asthma, colds, fever, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, skin conditions, and chills. Its soothing properties are especially useful when you have a sore throat, flu or just need to relax. You can add lemon verbena to a bath with marigold and chamomile (within a muslin cloth or a clean sock) to boost the relaxing effect of the hot water.
Do not drink lemon verbena tea if pregnant, if you have excessive menstrual bleeding or endometriosis. Seek medical advice if you have high blood pressure. Avoid large amounts if you have kidney conditions. Other minor possible side effects.
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