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Hierbaluisa (Lippia triphylla)

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There is a wonder herb in Mallorca that you should get to know. The plant is called Hierbaluisa in Castellano, or Marialluïsa in Catalan; you may know it already under its English name, Lemon Verbena (Lippia triphylla).

Lemon Verbena nowadays is a largely undervalued medicinal herb. I don’t know why. The plant contains a strong lemon-scented essential oil that has calming and digestive qualities. It has a gentle sedative action and a reputation for soothing abdominal discomfort. It also has a mildly tonic effect upon the nervous system and helps to lift the spirits and counter depression. An infusion made from the leaves has a deliciously refreshing lemon flavour and is used mainly in treating digestive disorders such as flatulence, indigestion and acidity. Some caution is advisable though, since prolonged use or large internal doses can possibly cause gastric irritation. The herb is also useful as a stimulant for treating lethargy or depression whilst it is also used to treat feverish colds. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy in the treatment of nervous and digestive problems and also for acne, boils and cysts.

Other indications are said to be digestive disorders, anxiety, sleeplessness (insomnia), asthma, cold, gas (flatulence), colic, diarrhea, indigestion, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, skin conditions, and constipation.

As well as being very useful, the plant is a wonderful addition to your garden thanks to its lovely, fresh smells.

The photo was taken near Ca’s Concos d’es Cavaller, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: October 23rd, 2009. The time was 13:07:08.

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