Every month at Plant Therapy, we try to make our new Oil of the Month selection something unique and memorable. So as we enjoy the last vestiges of summer, we can fill the air with the refreshing notes of Lemon Verbena. This lovely, bright essential oil is packed with therapeutic benefits. So let’s dive in!
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Our Lemon Verbena essential oil is steam distilled from the aerial parts of the plant that is grown in Morocco. It goes by the botanical name Lippia citriodora, however, you might also see it under one of its psuedonyms: Aloysia citriodora, Lippia triphylla, and Lippia javanica. The lovely citrusy notes come from the plant itself and not from any actual citrus fruit. You’ll commonly find the shrub growing in gardens for its lemony aroma. Plus it makes a great addition to potpourri and herbal pillows.
Bright and Refreshing
Lemon Verbena is characterized by its fresh, sweet and lemony aroma that is bright, crisp and refreshing. Try adding it to your to freshen up a room with this cheerful, light and refreshingly mild citrus scent. It will help create an uplifting and relaxing atmosphere when you need a bit of emotional support. Historically it has even be used to help ease stress, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and difficulties sleeping. Yet another great reason to add it to your diffuser!
Benefits & Cautions
In addition to being a great oil for helping promote relaxation, Lemon Verbena is also very useful for helping support healthy digestion. And while you’re using it to help make sure everything is running smoothly, it can also help with the occasional stomach upset. But keep in mind, if you choose to apply it topically (your abdomen is the ideal spot for tummy troubles), dilute it to a maximum of 0.9% in a carrier oil. This is because Lemon Verbena can cause photosensitivity or skin sensitization.
Some things you need to know about Lemon Verbena….
Is it KidSafe? No
Shelf Life: 1-2 years
Cautions: To avoid photosensitivity and skin sensitivity, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.9% for topical applications. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. External use only.
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And as always, please feel free to reach out to our aromatherapists at [email protected] for any questions or more information!