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I came across Lemon Verbena while I was picking up my Summer herb plants last spring. I had never heard of it before but saw on the tag that it said it was good for cooking and tea. Little did I know that this little Herb had some amazing detox and medicinal benefits not to mention tastes delicious!!
I did a little more research and learned that it was used for centuries for it’s medicinal abilities in treating Gout, inflammation, relieving colds, skin problems, indigestion, insomnia, joint pain, and combatting depression! It has also been know to be very de-stressing and an expectorant! –great for those who need to ease allergies! It is also a diuretic–helps you keep the bloat away during these summer months so you can stay in that swimsuit!
I love Lemon but I hate what the acid does to my teeth–with Lemon Verbena you get the flavor of Lemon without the Acid! I cut a little stem that had about 10 leaves on it and and a couple stems of Mint (15 leaves roughly)–Steeped it in 8oz. of boiling water and added a little honey. I keep the leaves on the stem so that I can quickly pull them out right before enjoying–no straining necessary!
It is delicious and I found it to be so soothing after a long day! Mint tea is well known for soothing the stomach and helping with digestion a great addition after your evening meal.
My Lemon Verbena plant below–plant in full sun and water every other day.
My Mint grows like a weed! –plant in full sun and water every other day just like the Lemon Verbena. They are very easy to grow and don’t need much care!
Lemon Verbena is safe for most people when taken in appropriate amounts–too much can cause dermatitis in some people. As always if you are pregnant or breastfeeding take caution and consult your doctor before consumption. If you have kidney disease then avoid using large amounts of Lemon Verbena.
Let me know in the comments if you have tried Lemon Verbena before! If you don’t have the time to grow your own click here for a list of some great Lemon Verbena Tea options!
And take a look at my super healthy Zucchini Linguine Recipe if you are looking for something healthy to to pair this tea with it.
*I purchased everything I used with my own money.