Verbena
(Lippia citriadora, Verbena triphylla, Alaysia triphylla)

Family: Verbenaceae
Description: Verbena is a deciduous perennial shrub with fragrant lance-shaped green leaves and small white or purple flowers. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves.

Countries of origin: France, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Italy
Characteristics: Verbena has sweet, lemon-fresh top notes and fruity, floral undertones. It blends well with most other herbs and citruses, and also with neroli, palmarosa, frankincense, jasmine, juniper, cedarwood, myrtle and geranium
Main therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, detoxifying, digestive, febrifuge, sedative, stomachic.

Verbena is indicated for digestive problems caused or aggravated by nervous tension, and it also cleanses and decongests the liver and the digestive system. Drinking verbena tea (known as vervain) alongside using the essential oil is recommended. Overall, verbena is calming, refreshing and stabilizing. Its lemon-fresh, uplifting fragrance calms anxiety, reduces stress, promotes restful sleep, and reinvigorates those who are listless and apathetic. Use no more than 2 drops in a bath, perhaps mixed with 4 drops of lavender, and use tiny amounts in massage oils. Psychologically, verbena alleviates tiredness and apathy and stimulates creativity and concentration. It helps you open up to cosmic energies and make the most of the present moment by dispelling dreamy procrastination.

Contraindications: Avoid throughout pregnancy. Do not use if you have sensitive skin, do not use in the sunlight and use only small amounts.