Aloysia triphylla (Lemon verbena, Vervain)
[= Lippia citriodora,
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Lemon verbena is native to Argentina and Chile and is
used as both a cullinary and a medicinal herb. Medicinally, it is attributed
with digestive and sedative properties. The leaves produce a lemon smell when
crushed and are dried for use in herbal teas, liqueurs and fruit juices. Fresh
or dried leaves are used in the same way as lemongrass as an ingredient in stews
and soups. Oil extracted from the leaves is used in aromatherapy and as an
additive to soaps and cosmetic products.
van Wyk, B.-E. 2005. Food Plants of the World -
Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value. Briza, Pretoria.