What medical properties of lemon verbena herb are true?

Lemon verbena herb was well known for its medical qualities in ancient time and people used it for herbal remediation of different diseases. Well, many of these magical and medical properties of lemon verbena herb have not been confirmed by modern medicine. But it has particular effect on human body and is widely used in medical practice these days. Lemon verbena herb can also be used as a kitchen herb.

Lemon verbena herb is not that big and pretty simple herb - you probably wouldn't notice it among other herbs. But despite it simple look it had a great meaning in ancient times. Lemon verbena herb was considered as very strong purifying agent, it was used to clean altars which were used in different ritual ceremonies.

Romans used lemon verbena herb not as herbal remediation but as love drink. This herb was considered to be the instrument of love goddess Venus. Romans thought that just by adding some lemon verbena herb into drink of their beloved they could burn the great fire of love in their soul. On the other hand in ancient Egypt this herb was treated as an instrument of other goddess Isida - patroness of childbirth.

There are many other secret and magical meanings of lemon verbena herb which are reflected in names that are used for this herb in many countries till modern days. Among them you can meet such names as tears of Unona, tears of Isida, Venus veins and many others. For making medical remedies top of the plant which can grow up to 70 cm tall is usually used. Mostly lemon verbena leaves which contain a lot of C vitamin (up to 100 mg % which makes it a great antiscorbutic mean) are used. But nicely white and pink colored flowers (lemon verbena herb flowers in august in most of the regions) can also be used.

This herb is being collected during flowering to ensure high quantities of essential oil it contains. The main ingredient of lemon verbena herb essential oil is citral. Citral alcoholic solution can be used as hypotensive agent and reserpine-like mean. Although many different herbal remediation effects of lemon verbena herb have not been proved by medicine experiments, it is widely used in modern practice. Lemon verbena herb extract can be used in cases of fever to lower body's temperature.

Lemon verbena tea, which has a wonderful aroma can be used for treatment of migraine and sick headache of different origin. Such tea made out of lemon verbena herb can also work as lemonade giving good refreshment during hot summer days.

There is also a strong belief that verbena herb can bring you more sweet dreams - ancient Greeks used to put dried leaves of verbena into their pillows to get more pleasant dreams. Lemon verbena herb also finds its use in cosmetics. Specially made lemon verbena extracts are used in making special ointment and lotion which are used to lower the irritation and reddening of skin. In a form of rinser lemon verbena herb can be used to stimulate hair growth and make it much stronger.

Lemon verbena herb can be a wonderful kitchen herb. Thanks to its great lemon aroma it can be used in different recipes. You can add a lemon flavour to your punches and jellies with lemon verbena. It is also a wonderful ingredient for all sorts of cakes - mix fresh verbena leaves with sugar or honey and add this mixture right into the pastry. In a quite same way you can make a lemon verbena syrup. Put some fresh leaves into boiling water and take them out in a minute (or even several seconds). Place these leaves into cold water. After that chop them with sugar.

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