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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

LEMON VERBENA


Latin Name: Aloysia triphylla

Alternate Names: Herb Louisa, Limonetto

Family: VERBENACEAE

Parts Used: Above ground portion.

Properties: Antibacterial, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Febrifuge, Sedative.

Internal Uses: Asthma, Colds, Diarrhea, Escherichia Coli, Fever, Flatulence, Flu, Indigestion, Migraine, Nausea, Neuralgia, Sinus Congestion, Stomachache, Tachycardia, Vertigo

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture.

Topical Uses: Insect Repellent, Oily Skin, Puffy Eyes, Sore Throat, Tonsillitis

Topical Applications: Essential oil used to scent soaps, bath oils and cosmetics. Compress for puffy eyes. Gargle for sore throats and tonsillitis. Skin toner for oily skin. Potpourri, perfumes. Used to repel aphids and mites.

Culinary uses: Made into jams, stuffing and desserts, and added to fruit dishes. Used to flavor vinegars and oils. Used in wine, liqueurs. Often, the leaves are placed in finger bowls at elegant dinner parties.

Energetics: Sour, Cool.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (borneol, cineole, citral, geraniol, limonene, linalool), mucilage, tannin, flavonoids.

Contraindications: Large or prolonged dosages can irritate the digestive tract.

Comments: Lemon Verbena was named in honor of Maria Louisa, who was the wife of Spain's King Charles IV. The genus name, Aloysia reflects her name. Lemon Verbena is native to Argentina, Chile and Peru.
The species Aloysia triphylla was formerly known as Lippia citriodora.

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