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Lemon Verbena Oil: The Oldie but Goodie Culinary Herb

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  • People started cultivating lemon verbena primarily for culinary purposes. Its leaves, either fresh or dried, can add a lemony flavor to dishes
  • Lemon verbena oil has been used in aromatherapy to help ease digestive problems and alleviate skin disorders such as acne, boils and cysts. The essential oil is said to have insecticidal and antibacterial properties
  • A study published in the American Journal of Nursing Science notes that lemon verbena is one of the essential oils that may alleviate anxiety

Because of its trademark citrusy flavor and aroma, lemon verbena oil has gained popularity since ancient times. Did you know that this was Virgil's favorite oil? He mentioned it frequently in his works, describing it as "rich" and "holy." Read on to learn more about lemon verbena oil and why the famous poet fell in love with it.


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