LEMON VERBENA

OTHER NAME(S):

Aloysia citrodora, Aloysia triphylla, Cedrón, Herb Louisa, Hierba Luisa, Lemon-Scented Verbena, Lippia citrodora, Lippia triphylla, Louisa, Verbena Citrodora, Verbena triphylla, Verveine Citronnée, Verveine Citronnelle, Verveine des Indes, Verveine du Chili, Verveine du Pérou, Verveine Odorante, Zappania citrodora.

Overview

Overview Information

Lemon verbena is a flowering plant. It grows in South America. The leaves and the flowering tops are used to make medicine.

Lemon verbena is used for digestive disorders such as gas or diarrhea, muscle damage caused by exercise, multiple sclerosis (MS), 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?

Lemon verbena contains chemicals that might kill mites and bacteria, as well as chemicals that may reduce swelling (inflammation).

Uses

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.
  • Joint pain.
  • Obesity.
  • Anxiety.
  • Insomnia.
  • Asthma.
  • Common cold.
  • Gas (flatulence).
  • Excessive crying in infants (colic).
  • Diarrhea.
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia).
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Constipation.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lemon verbena for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Lemon verbena is LIKELY SAFE for most people when consumed in amounts found in alcoholic beverages. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken in appropriate amounts as a medicine, short-term. It can cause skin irritation (dermatitis) in some people.

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 skin rash in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for LEMON VERBENA Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of lemon verbena depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for lemon verbena. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • 97289 Mauriz E, Vallejo D, Tuñón MJ, et al. Effects of dietary supplementation with lemon verbena extracts on serum inflammatory markers of multiple sclerosis patients. Nutr Hosp. 2014 Nov 4;31(2):764-71. View abstract.
  • Boix-Castejón M, Herranz-López M, Pérez Gago A, et al. Hibiscus and lemon verbena polyphenols modulate appetite-related biomarkers in overweight subjects: a randomized controlled trial. Food Funct. 2018;9(6):3173-3184. View abstract.
  • Buchwald-Werner S, Naka I, Wilhelm M, Schütz E, Schoen C, Reule C. Effects of lemon verbena extract (Recoverben) supplementation on muscle strength and recovery after exhaustive exercise: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2018 Jan 23;15:5.View abstract.
  • Caturla N, Funes L, Perez-Fons L, Micol V. A randomized, double-blindcd, placebo-controlled study of the effect of a combination of lemon verbena extract and fish oil omega 3 fatty acid on joint management. J Altern Complement Med 2011;17:1051. View abstract.
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182

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