Lemon verbena is used for digestive disorders such as gas or diarrhea, muscle damage caused by exercise, multiple sclerosis (MS), insomnia, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods and manufacturing, lemon verbena is used as an ingredient in herbal teas, as a fragrance in perfumes, and as an ingredient in alcoholic beverages.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Muscle damage caused by exercise. Early research shows that taking lemon verbena extract daily for 14 days can decrease muscle soreness and shorten the time to recovering full muscle strength after exercise.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS). Early research shows that taking lemon verbena extract daily for 1 month does not alter the symptoms of MS.
- Insomnia. Early research shows that taking lemon verbena essential oil for 4 weeks can improve sleep quality in healthy adults with insomnia.
- Joint pain.
- Common cold.
- Gas (flatulence).
- Excessive crying in infants (colic).
- Indigestion (dyspepsia).
- Varicose veins.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if lemon verbena is safe when applied to the skin. Contact with lemon verbena may cause red, itchy skinrash in some people.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if lemon verbena is safe when applied to the skin. Contact with lemon verbena may cause red, itchy skinrash in some people. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if lemon verbena is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Kidney disease: Large amounts of lemon verbena may irritate the kidneys and make kidney disease worse. Avoid using large amounts if you have kidney problems.
Sedative medications (Benzodiazepines) interacts with LEMON VERBENA
Lemon verbena might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness and drowsiness are called sedatives. Taking lemon verbena along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness and trouble breathing. Some of these sedative medications include lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), midazolam (Versed), temazepam (Restoril), triazolam (Halcion), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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