Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora) is a fragrant herb known for its bright lemon scent and versatile culinary, medicinal, and aromatic uses. With its glossy, lance-shaped leaves, lemon verbena can add a fresh, citrusy flavor to various dishes and drinks. Its leaves can be used fresh or dried to make soothing teas, enhance salads, and infuse oils or vinegars. Beyond the kitchen, lemon verbena’s calming properties make it a popular choice for natural remedies, including homemade potpourris, bath salts, and skincare products. Cultivating lemon verbena in a herb garden not only provides a constant supply of this delightful herb but also adds an appealing sensory experience through its invigorating aroma.

Ideas for Using Lemon Verbena

  1. Culinary Uses:
  • Tea: Brew fresh or dried lemon verbena leaves in hot water for a refreshing and calming tea.
  • Flavor Enhancer: Add finely chopped leaves to salads, fruit dishes, marinades, and dressings for a citrusy zing.
  • Infusions: Infuse oils, vinegars, and syrups with lemon verbena for a unique flavor boost in recipes.

Aromatic Uses:

  • Potpourri: Dry the leaves and mix them with other aromatic herbs and flowers to create a natural potpourri.
  • Sachets: Place dried leaves in small cloth bags to freshen drawers, closets, and linen storage.
  1. Medicinal Uses:
  • Herbal Remedies: Use lemon verbena tea to help with digestive issues, reduce stress, and promote relaxation.
  • Skincare: Infuse lemon verbena in oils or create a tincture to use in homemade skincare products, such as lotions and bath salts, for its soothing properties.


  • Companion Planting: Grow lemon verbena alongside other herbs and plants to naturally deter pests with its strong scent.
  • Attracting Pollinators: The small, white or lavender flowers of lemon verbena can attract beneficial pollinators like bees to the garden.

Household Uses:

  • Natural Cleaner: Make a natural, citrus-scented cleaning spray by infusing lemon verbena in vinegar and water.
  • Air Freshener: Simmer lemon verbena leaves in water on the stove to naturally freshen the air in your home.