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Lemon Verbena Essential Oil

Aloysia citriodora / Lippia citriodora

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil


Lemon Verbena Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant species Aloysia citriodora (synonym: Lippia citriodora).

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Lemon Verbena Essential Oil

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil features a delightfully fragrant, lemony, herbaceous aroma that many consider pleasant and uplifting. While it is a lemony, uplifting oil that can help dispel feelings of lethargy, its primary benefits also include its potential to help soothe anxiety and ease feelings of stress.

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil blends well with many other essential oils, particularly with oils that have aromatic classifications of citrus, coniferous, minty, fruity, green, or woody.

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Indigestion
  • Perfumery

Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 199.

Botanical Name

Aloysia citriodora / Lippia citriodora

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used






Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil smells sweet and lemony with subtle herbaceous characteristics.

Major Constituents of Lemon Verbena Essential Oil

  • Geranial
  • Neral
  • (+)-Limonene
  • Zingiberene
  • Germacrene D
  • Sabinene

See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: P.C. Santos-Gomes and M. Fernandes-Ferreira, Composition of the Essential Oils from Flowers and Leaves of Vervain [Aloysia tryphylla (L'Herit.) Britton] Grown in Portugal. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 17, 73-78.) Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 464.

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil Safety Information

Lemon Verbena Essential Oil may be slightly phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.9%. They precaution against using it with ypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin or with children under age 2. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87, 464.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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