Lemon Verbena Essential Oil

Species: Lippia citriodora
Plant Family: 

Verbenaceae.

Origins: 

Native to Chile, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia but now found elsewhere including Spain and other Mediterranean countries.

Extraction: 

The oil is steam distilled from the dried herb.

Properties: 

Antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive, emollient, febrifuge, hepatic, insecticide, sedative, stomachic and tonic. 

Usage & methods of application: 

In massage and skincare Lemon Verbena is used as a calming and de-stressing oil, specifically when blended in a carrier oil. It is particularly indicated for digestive problems caused by stress. It's also used in massage in cases of insomnia, anxiety and hysteria. It can be used in a bath for the same purpose but only 2-3 drops are necessary as it's a strong oil that can cause sensitisation of the skin. For this reason great care should be used if you are blending it in a lotion or cream. 

When burned or vaporised it's again used to combat stress and anxiety as well as depression or sombre moods. It's a good oil to burn before bedtime - a couple of drops mixed with 4-5 drops of Lavender can help you to fall asleep. 

Blends well with: 

You may find that Lemon Verbena blends particularly well with lemon, elemi, neroli and palmarosa.