ORGANIC LEMON VERBENA, whole leaf
Botanical Name: Aloysia citriodora
Origin: Portugal / Egypt
Production: Lemon verbena is a flowering plant native to western South America, though it now grows in many parts of the world. It is a perennial shrub that is harvested when the leaves are at their optimum flavor, just when the sprays of tiny purple/white flowers are beginning to open in the late spring or early summer.
Qualities: Lemon verbena's intense, crisp, minty-citrus like scent, considered to be the strongest of the lemon-scented plants, is quite powerful when harvested fresh, and more subtle when dried.
Common Use: The potential culinary uses of lemon verbena are broad and range from ice cream flavoring to a pepper or oregano substitute. Due to the potency of its flavor, it is recommended to start out using a little and add more as desired. In savory dishes, it goes well with black pepper, rosemary, and sage. Dried lemon verbena can also be encapsulated or made into a tincture. Cosmetically it can be used in soaps, lotions, shampoos, salves, or in herbal sachets.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry place in an airtight container.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.