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  • Aside from imparting a distinguishing aroma and flavor, there are many health benefits associated with drinking lemon verbena tea. Traditional medicinal uses include reducing fever and cough.
  • The herb is also believed to possess antispasmodic properties and is used to treat the symptoms of asthma and muscle spasms, including those related to irritations of the stomach and colon.
  • Lemon verbena tea is also reputed to have mild sedative and anti-inflammatory effects and is used to relax the nervous system and relieve itching of the skin.
  • Dried leaves hold their scent well and are used in potpourris, sachets, and pillows. The oil has been used in cologne, toilet water, perfume, and soap. A strong infusion can be added to the bath.

Lemon Verbena

  • Culinary uses

    • The leaves of lemon verbena may be used to season fruit salads as well as other sweet dishes, ranging from sorbet to granita to cheese cake to pound cake to sangría.
    • Cooks can occasionally find it called for in savory dishes as well, either in the form of herb flavored oil or in other forms.
    • The seductive floral-citrus scent and taste of this energizing, graceful herb can now be found in imported soap; in ice cream, sorbets, cakes, fruit syrups and spritzers, and as a flavoring with fish.
    • Transform cookies or cakes into lemony treats by mixing bruised lemon verbena leaves into sugar the night before baking.
    • It can also be used to brighten the taste of fish, poultry, veggie marinades, stuffing, salad dressing, jellies, and vinegar.
    • Chop up leaves and put them in drinks.
    • Finely crumbled dried leaves can be added to the batters of carrot, banana, or zucchini bread.
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