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Aloysia citrodora - Lemon verbena

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Aloysia citrodora, lemon verbena

Lemon verbena is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native to western South America. Common names include Aloysia citrodora and lemon beebrush. It was brought to Europe by the Spanish and the Portuguese in the 17th century and cultivated for its oil.

Uses

Digestive disorders, Insomnia, Joint pain, Agitation, Constipation, Diarrhea, Colic, Gas, Indigestion, Asthma, Cold, Fever, Hemorrhoids, Varicose veins, Chills

Parts Used

Leaves.

Chemical Composition

The main components of the oil were 1,8-cineole (12.4%), geranial (9.9%), 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one (7.4%) and neral (6.9%)[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada
Hindi
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit
English Lemon verbena


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Shrub

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Whorled Simple, lance shaped The leaves are arranged in whorls of three. The 8 cm long glossy, pointed leaves are slightly rough to the touch and emit a powerful scent reminiscent of lemon when bruised.

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Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual 2-4cm long White Flowers Season is June - August

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
7–10 mm (0.28–0.4 in.) long pome clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown With hooked hairs {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Softwood cuttings, Seeds

How to plant/cultivate

Lemon verbena is not a showy plant, but it does have attractive leaves and should be the first on an aromatic garden list.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Fields, Roadsides, Open scrub.

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