Lemon Verbena Tea: Meaning, Health Benefits And Recipe
Lemon verbena tea is made from dried lemon verbena and is mildly sedative, a good remedy for congestion and ingestion. Chopped leaves added to fresh iced tea makes a refreshing summer treat.
Lemon verbena is a highly scented perennial shrub with lovely bright green glossy leaves. It has small, pale lilac flowers in late summer and autumn.
The plant originates from South America where there are over thirty species. Aloysia is part of the larger Verbenaceae family. In the past, it has been called Aloysia citriodora, referencing its lemon scent.
Health Benefits Of Lemon Verbena Tea
Lemon verbena herbal tea is wonderful if you are detoxing, and it is a good tea to calm digestion and relax your body and mind.
The leaves contain a lemon-scented essential oil that helps the dried leaves retain their wonderful fresh lemon taste for many months.
It promotes a good night’s sleep and is also known to help clear cold symptoms and congestion. As with all teas, drink in moderation.
To Make Lemon Verbena Tea
This Lemon Verbena herbal tea has a wonderful fresh lemony taste. Awesome if serve chilled and with ice cubes for a delicious iced tea in the summer.
1) Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water.
2) Put three or four fresh or dried leaves into a teapot. Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea.
3) Allow the tea to steep for three minutes.
4) Pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer. You can add a fresh leaf to the cup before serving.