Verbena oil, also known as lemon verbena oil, is extracted from the leaves of the lemon verbena plant and has a citrusy and sweet aroma.
Verbena oil is often used in Asian cooking instead of lemongrass to flavor meals and confectionary. It is also used to make a citrus flavored tea that has an anti-spasmodic effect which can support digestive function and relieve stomach cramps, gas, and nausea.
This oil is a popular natural deodorant and home disinfectant due to its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, and it can be used as an insect repellent.
When used aromatically, verbena oil can relieve congestion and provide a sedative effect that can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.
Directions for use
Add 1-2 drops of verbena oil to hot water to make a tasty drink, and add 2-3 drops of oil to your meals or desserts for extra flavor.
To use aromatically, add 2-3 drops of verbena oil to an oil burner or diffuser.
Make a massage oil by blending 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and apply it to painful muscles, joints, and skin irritations. Verbena oil combines well with the oils of bergamot, chamomile, juniper, lavender, orange, rose and vanilla.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.