Limonete (verbena)


Medicinal plant used as a tranquilizer against nervousness and gastrointestinal disorders related to stress. This plant is usually found in the form of an infusion (tea).


Names in Portuguese: lemonette, cedrine, verbena, lemon verbena, lucia herb
Binomial name: Aloysia triphylla (L’Hér.) Britton, Aloysia citrodora Palau, 1784. Observations: there are several scientific names to qualify the same plant.
French name: verveine citronelle , verveine odorante
English name: lemon verbena
German name: Zitronenstrauch – wohlriechendem Eisenkraut
Italian name: verbena profumata


Verbenaceae (Verbenaceae)


Glycosides (verbenin), tannins, essential oils, mucilage, mineral salts, alkaloids.

parts used

Leaves, stems, essential oil, flowers


Soothing, soothing for the gastrointestinal system (in case of stress), digestive, carminative, antispasmodic, antibacterial, febrifuge, sedative.


Nervousness ( stress ), gastrointestinal disorders linked to nervousness, fever, insomnia.

Secundary effects

If ingested in high doses, it may cause vomiting. Read the leaflet.


Pregnancy, especially at a high dose, as it may cause vomiting. Read the leaflet.


we do not know


– Lemon infusion (limonette tea)

– lemongrass essential oil (perfumed)

– Lemon Syrup

Where does lemon grow?

Limonet grows in temperate countries.
In warm regions, verbena (limonette) produces many flowers, in colder regions (northern Europe, Canada) flowers are rarer or non-existent in an outdoor situation.
The verbena can reach 2 to 3 m in height. It is a bush. In South America, as in Chile, in its native environment, this plant reaches heights greater than those observed in other regions (eg in Europe).

When is the lemonet harvested?

Lemongrass leaves are harvested in late summer.
It is estimated that lemongrass leaves have a more pronounced scent in bloom.

plant it yourself

This is a plant to be grown in pots. Limonet is multiplied by cuttings, but rooting is uncertain.


– The lemon is a very common plant in Europe and North America, being often associated with the weed. Dried lime leaves allow an easy and advantageous preparation of an infusion that fights sleep disorders (mild) and small gastrointestinal problems. In addition, the taste of this infusion is very pleasant.

– In the 17th century, Spanish explorers brought citronella verbena from South America to Europe. They named it Herba Louisa (Herba Louise), in reference to Princess Louise of Parma. The first part of the scientific name Aloysia is a contraction of Herba Louisa in Spanish.

– Don’t hesitate to rub the lemongrass leaves against your nose, after which you will smell a refreshing citrus scent.

– Lemon essential oil has long been used in the production of cosmetics and perfumes.

– In cooking, it can be used to prepare fish, sweet drinks, fruit salads, etc.

– Lemongrass flowers resemble those of  verbena officinalis (Verbena officinalis) .

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