Lemon Verbena - Best Herb for Indigestion | Flatulence | Diarrhoea | Colic
Aloysia triphylla (Lippia citriodora) Verbenaceae.
A native of North and South America, lemon verbena is a shrub that can grow to a height of 1. 5m. It was introduced into Europe from Chile in 1794. The dried leaves became popular in pot pourri. It has long, thin leaves that grow in groups of three (thus the Latin name triphylla) or four. Its small, whitish flowers have four petals and are followed by fleshy fruits.
The plant contains flavonoids and a small quantity of essential oil, whose main component is citral, responsible for the plant's characteristic scent.
Although research carried out on lemon verbena has concentrated mainly on its sedative properties, no absolute conclusion has yet been reached. The opposite has, in fact, been the case, si nce a recent study showed that an infusion of the plant had no sedative and calming effects.
Lemon verbena is reputed to possess antispasmodic properties and is indicated in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, diarrhoea and colic. The plant is also used to relieve asthma, lower fevers;it also possesses antibacterial and insecticidal properties. In 2002, a Portuguese study demonstrated the antioxidant properties of an infusion of lemon verbena.
The leaves are used in herbal medicine - like the aerial parts of peppermint and lime - as stimulants to help digestion. They can be found in pharmacies and food shops.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT digestive problems INFUSION Put 1 sachet into a cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes, then strain. Drink 2 cups a day after the main meals.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
Plant in light. well-drained soil in a sunny location. Cuttings should be planted in summer.
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