Cedrina, scientific name Lippia citriodora L. belongs to the family ofVerbenaceae.
It is a plant native to South America and is currently widely cultivated in Europe for its aromatic properties, which are widely used in perfumery.
It is a perennial shrubby plant with a woody stem that reaches 2 meters in height. The leaves are deciduous, lanceolate, without petiole, very fragrant light green in color, reminiscent of lamelissa and lemongrass, from which an essential oil with an intense lemon scent is extracted. The flowers are small, white-violet collected in terminal panicles.
Dicedrine leaves are very rich in complex essential oils with an intense lemon scent.
The properties of lacryrin are: antispasmodic, stomachic.
USED PARTS OF THE PLANT
The fresh or dried leaves of the lemon verbena are used.
The leaves are harvested during the summer.
Even dried they retain their characteristics.
HOW TO USE IT
The lemon verbena packs on the eyes have a relaxing effect and fight swollen and red eyes.
The leaves are used in cooking to prepare herbal infusions or liqueurs.
Lemon verbena is also known as lemon grass and lemon verbena.
ThereLippia citriodora it owes its name to the explorer Augusto Lippi to whom Linnaeus dedicated it at the end of 1700.
Beware of prolonged use because it can cause stomach upset and even real gastritis.