Lemon Verbena: Why You Should Drink this Herbal Tea
When it comes to Herbal Tea, thoughts often drift to Peppermint and Camomile. However, there is a newcomer expected to give these brews a run for their money: Lemon Verbena Tea. Why? First, it tastes great. Second, because of Lemon Verbena benefits.
This Herbal Tea calms anxiety, treats congestion, reduces inflammation and improves weight management. Indeed, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have already noted an increase in interest in this delectable infusion.
In this article, we will answer some of your questions, including:
- What is Lemon Verbena?
- What is Lemon Verbena Tea Good For?
- Does Lemon Verbena Tea Have Caffeine?
- Is Lemon Verbena Good For The Skin?
- Is Lemon Verbena Safe During Pregnancy?
- Where To Buy Lemon Verbena Tea?
Have we not answered your particular question? Ask us! We’d love to hear from you. But right now, let’s explore the ‘what’s’, the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows’ of Lemon Verbena benefits.
What is Lemon Verbena?
The Aloysia citrodora plant, also known as Lemon Verbena, is an aromatic, perennial shrub native to South America. It famously exudes a potent aroma reminiscent of lemon.
However, this plant and the renowned citrus fruit are not, in fact, related. Lemon Verbena also goes by a nickname: Lemon Beebush. This refers to its immense popularity among bees across Argentina, Chile, Peru, and other South American countries.
Lemon Verbena thrives in rich soils with good drainage. It requires warm and humid climates to grow to its full potential, preferring sunlit areas with sheltered positioning. With these measures in place, it can grow to heights of up to three metres.
Its coarse leaves, meanwhile, reach lengths of 8 centimetres. It’s these leaves from where its lemony aroma derives. It's also these leaves used in the making of Lemon Verbena Tea.
When brewed, it boasts smooth, refreshing, sweet and citrusy flavours, with herbaceous undertones. Every sip will transport you to the beautiful mountains and vast valleys of South America. Arguably best of all, with every sip also comes the benefits. What more could you want from your morning cuppa’?
History of Lemon Verbena
It’s possible that the indigenous peoples of South America first consumed this herb for Lemon Verbena benefits. However, knowledge only spread decades after the Spanish colonisation of the continent.
A French botanist named Philibert Commerson made the initial ‘discovery’ during the 1760s. He had reached the shores of South America as part of Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s circumnavigation of the world.
Commerson, after naming it “Aloysia triphylla”, presented specimens of the plant to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Madrid, Spain. There, two Spanish physicians and botanists named Casimiro Gomez Ortega and Antonio Paulau y Verdera renamed it “Aloysia citrodora”.
This name change was in honour of Maria Louisa, the Princess of Parma and later the wife of Spanish King Charles IV. To this day, Lemon Verbena sometimes goes by the nickname “Herb Louisa”.
By the late 18th Century, the Spanish began cultivating ‘Herb Louisa’ in their homeland. Today, people around the world also use it for perfumes, air fresheners, potpourris and, of course, Lemon Verbena Tea. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we prefer the latter!
Lemon Verbena Tea Caffeine
Does Lemon Verbena Tea Have Caffeine? The answer is No. Like most Herbal Teas, excluding Yerba Mate Tea, Lemon Verbena does not contain any caffeine.
It’s also worth noting that the term “Tea” is ambiguous at best. Because Lemon Verbena Tea doesn’t come from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant, and thus doesn’t contain caffeine, it also isn’t a “Tea” in the conventional sense. Nevertheless, the name has stuck, and indeed the global Tea industry continues to cherish this beverage.
Some interpret its lack of caffeine as a Lemon Verbena Tea benefit. How? Caffeine overconsumption can lead to jitteriness and sleeplessness. It can make people irritable and dependent.
A caffeine-free beverage such as Lemon Verbena Tea, on the other hand, avoids these risks. This makes it an excellent alternative for those looking to cut down on their caffeine intake. Those who are caffeine sensitive and/or pregnant likewise choose this Tea for this reason.
Lemon Verbena Tea Benefits
No doubt, like most of us, you are tired of hearing and reading fake news. The internet is teeming with the stuff. It almost seems inescapable. So how do you know that we aren’t part of the problem?
Because we come armed with evidence. When it comes to Lemon Verbena benefits, in particular, we reference the latest scientific research. No longer are its medicinal qualities a myth of herbalists.
Now, they are a fact of scientists. But what is Lemon Verbena Tea good for, exactly?
Lemon Verbena Weight Loss
Are you looking to lose a few extra pounds? Lemon Verbena benefits are an excellent accompaniment to an already healthy and active lifestyle. First, it contains no more than two calories per serving.
This is significantly lower than, say, an average-sized fizzy soft drink. In our opinion, it also tastes much better than a can of sugar-filled cola, so it’s a win-win!
Furthermore, preliminary research suggests that it can boost the metabolism of fat cells. This process essentially converts the fuel in your food into energy, which powers nearly everything we do. This, in turn, enables the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. Ultimately, this means that periods of moderate exercise produce better results.
But that’s not all it can do when it comes to fitting into your favourite pair of jeans again. It can also reduce muscle damage during workout periods.
How? A 2011 study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology has the answers. The study saw participants who worked out for 90 minutes daily consume Lemon Verbena extract. The results noted a reduction in the amount of overall muscle damage experienced.
Improved Joint Function
Preliminary research suggests correlations between Lemon Verbena and improved joint function. This is according to a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It saw 45 participants with joint problems take a dietary supplement of omega-3 fatty acids alongside Lemon Verbena extract.
After three weeks, a significant percentage of participants showed a decrease in overall joint pain and an increase in joint mobility. By four weeks, this percentage increased even further. It’s possible that the reason for this its ability to combat oxidative stress.
The antioxidants in this Tea neutralise free radicals in the body, which are the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation. By slowing down oxidation, and in turn oxidative stress, this beverage reduces the risks of developing numerous chronic conditions.
However, the word “preliminary” is an essential factor to consider. Until we know more, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company urge a medical consultation before drinking Lemon Verbena Tea for improved joint function. Nevertheless, we support ongoing research.
Immune System Support
Summer is nearly upon us, and yet sometimes it feels like there’s no escaping the ‘sniffles’. Having a cold when the sun shines bright and everyone is out in the garden relaxing is beyond frustrating. It almost feels like an oxymoron: a cold in the summer?!
This beverage, thanks in part to its antioxidants, not only supports but also boosts the immune system. This, in turn, can keep colds and even the flu at bay, helping you to get back out into the sunshine.
The evidence comes from a 2012 study published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science. The research saw participants, all of whom were athletes, take 1.8 grams of Lemon Verbena extract daily for 21 days.
At the end of the study, most participants had stronger white blood cells, a promising sign of an improved immune system. It also showed that the athletes had fewer markers for oxidative stress.
Is Lemon Verbena Good For The Skin?
There are many ways that Lemon Verbena Tea benefits can keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. First, its antioxidants, as already mentioned, combat free radicals in the body. This can not only improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, but also supports skin health.
Furthermore, it contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that also work well against blemishes and skin-related conditions. Verbascoside, for example, has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties combat inflammation by increasing the production of tyrosine phosphatase. A combination of verbascoside and another Lemon Verbena constituent, luteolin 7-diglucuronide, also protects the skin against UV rays and wilting.
Lemon Verbena Pregnancy
Is Lemon Verbena safe during pregnancy? For the most, yes. However, it’s also essential to recognise the precautions in place. There is a lack of research surrounding most Herbal Teas and pregnancy.
This is excluding Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy, which has its own, well-documented pregnancy benefits. Lemon Verbena Tea, meanwhile, has scarce evidence either for or against its consumption during pregnancy. For this reason, it’s difficult to know one way or another at this time.
Should you have any concerns, be sure to listen to the advice of your midwife or another medical professional. However, there is another side to this coin. According to NHS Choices, pregnant women should not exceed 200 mg of caffeine daily. Yet one doesn’t have to worry about any caffeine at all when it comes to this tea.
Other Lemon Verbena Tea Benefits
This Herbal Tea can aid digestion thanks to its antispasmodic properties. It can, among other qualities, eliminate cramping and bloating. This makes it an excellent choice before, during and after a large, fatty meal. It also makes it an equally excellent choice for those who experience gastrointestinal complaints from time to time.
It can also combat halitosis (i.e. bad breath) owing to its bold, lemony flavour. However, some might consider this less of a Lemon Verbena benefit and more of a choice before going out on a date! Indeed, some may say the same for any strong-flavoured Tea. This includes Peppermint, Hibiscus, Lemongrass and Lemon Balm Herbal Tea.
Lemon Verbena Tea benefits can also provide stress and anxiety relief. In fact, most Teas can. Leading research suggests that chronic stress disrupts our sleep and blood sugar levels. This leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. Ironically, increased hunger and comfort eating often leads to even higher levels of stress, as well as even more disrupted sleep and blood sugars.
In time, this cruel circle not only leads to unhealthy levels of body fat but also, very potentially, type-2 diabetes. Lemon Verbena Tea isn’t an answer by itself. However, it certainly helps; particularly after a long, hard day at work when sitting on the sofa with a cuppa’ is all you want. Why not make that cuppa’ this wonderful, aromatic, and harmonious Herbal Tea?
Where to Buy Lemon Verbena Tea
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company stock a variety of beverages that include this much-loved herb. First and foremost, we have our particularly popular Lemon Verbena Tea Bags. As its name suggests, one can enjoy these Tea Bags 50 times over.
If you don’t have time to brew Loose Leaf Tea, then this is the choice for you. If, however, you prefer the taste of Loose Tea, then we also have our Lemon Verbena Tea Leaves Cut.
Alternatively, you could choose a blend such as Lemon Verbena, Hibiscus and Ginger Tea. This beverage, as well as having Lemon Verbena Tea benefits, also offers health benefits associated with Hibiscus and Ginger. This includes lower blood pressure (hibiscus) and improved digestion (ginger). Better still, it tastes fantastic.
Whatever you choose, you’ve chosen well with us. We pack all of our Teas, Tisanes and Coffees fresh to order. This ensures not only quality but also consistency. That means that with every cuppa’ brewed, you are only getting the best of the best.