Lippia alba from which White Verbena Essential Oil is distilled is a native of Texas, Mexico Central and South America and now, more recently, the Caribbean. It has also been introduced in more recent times to India and some parts of Australia where, in particular, it is grown as a fragrant ornamental garden plant. It is also sometimes known by its colloquial names such as Bushy Matgrass, Bushy Lippia, Hierba Negra or Pitiona.
It is quite a bushy shrub growing to about 1.5 metres in height with an abundance of white or pink flowers along its stems. It has very aromatic foliage and flowers for which it is highly prized.
Traditional Uses for White Verbena Essential Oil:-
Different plants produce unique and varying essential oils but may contain, in differing amounts, the following constituents:-
piperitone, geranial, neral, carophyllene, camphor, eucalyptol, limonene, carvone, germacrene, α-guaine, β-ocimene, linalool and myrcene
The essential oil is considered to be a good sedative, an anti depressant, and to aid in cases of insomnia. It is also an analgesic.
The leaves of the plant can be used to add flavour in cooking.
White Verbena Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Angelica, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Neroli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Yarrow.
CAUTIONS: May cause Photosensitivity in some.