INCI: Aloysia Citriodora
Other Names: Aloysia Triphylla, Louisa Herb, Vervain
Lemon Verbena is probably the most naturally lemon scented plant around (fresh leaves). It’s also used as flavoring in foods and makes a great herbal tea.
Lemon verbena is antispasmodic, antibacterial, and has expectorant properties. It is thought to strengthen the immune and nervous systems, as well as to reduce fevers.
I use dried Lemon Verbena which has a more subtle lemon scent and flavor. I use it as a tea rinse and a spray for when I’m twisting/retwisting my hair. It helps to improve shine (or sheen) of my hair.
Actually, many of the citrus or minty type of herbs — and herbs high in tannins like hibiscus — seem to help with hair shine and to close those cuticles.
It is thought to improve the strength and softness of hair, and is often found in products meant for dry, damaged hair.
You’ll often find Lemon Verbena as part of a mix of herbs like Chamomile, Calendula and Marshmallow root, along with Aloe Vera Juice/Gel/Extract.
Products Using Lemon Verbena:
Nature’s Gate Organics Conditioner Chamomile and Lemon Verbena
Nature’s Gate Lemon Verbena Cleaning Gel
Nature’s Gate Organics Deodorant Stick Chamomile and Lemon Verbena
EO Essential Oil Products Everyday Body Lotion Lemon Verbena