Cedrina, whose scientific name is "Lippia citriodora", is a perennial plant that is part of the Verbenaceae family and is characterized above all by having a delicious fragrance due to its leaves.
The size of the head can be different in relation to the climate in which this plant grows: in temperate and mild climates, these plants can reach heights of a few meters.
It is a shrub that should be planted close to home so that you can enjoy its delicious scent.
There lemon verbena it is a plant that originated in South America and is currently particularly widespread in the crops of the old continent, above all because of its important aromatic properties, which are frequently used in perfumery.
The collection of the leaves takes place during the period between the month of July and that of September, while the flowering tops are obtained after cutting the inflorescences during the flowering period, which is between the month of August and the end of September.
The leaves and the inflorescences must be left to dry in the shade, in thin layers, in order to easily avoid the sun and too high temperatures.
There lemon verbena it is a plant that does not tolerate in any way the too low temperatures that characterize the winter season and, for this reason, it is better to place it inside pots in all those areas where the temperature drops below freezing, while in the during the spring and summer months it can be placed in sunny places.
It is a plant that must be sown in sheltered places with at least fifteen degrees of temperature.
It must be grown in pots for a period of at least two years before being planted.
Among the multiplication methods, we find the cutting, especially during the spring season.
Once the leaves have dried, it is important to be aware that they retain their characteristic scent for a long period of time.
Inside the plant, but especially in the leaves, you can find the essential oil of lemon verbena.
Lemon verbena is one of the best known and most widespread plants in the herbal sector, so much so that it is frequently used in the form of herbal tea to make sure to obtain rather pleasant drinks, but it is also used as a fragrant complement in perfumery.
The most important properties that have been assigned to the citron plant are essentially the aromatizing, digestive and antispasmodic properties.
Lemon verbena is a plant that is absolutely able to perform a stimulating action on the appetite, but also a function of supporting digestion, in addition to the possibility of removing intestinal gas and performing a purifying and stimulating action on the epidermis that it proves to be particularly effective.
In the common home tradition, the lemon verbena plant is characterized by being exploited, the leaves and flowers are used, such as lavender, to perfume the linen.
The fresh (which are collected during the summer season) or dried leaves of the lemon verbena plant are used; even in this second case, however, they manage to retain the main characteristics.
The fresh or dried leaves are characterized by being used mainly for the preparation of herbal infusions or liqueurs, but also to flavor oil and vinegar or, in some cases, even ice cream.
Prolonged and regular use of fresh leaves could lead to indigestion or stomach pain.
It is quite common to use lemon verbena packs to be applied to the eyes, which allow you to perform an excellent relaxing action, while also allowing you to effectively combat swollen and red eyes.
In addition, the leaves can also be used in cooking for the preparation of herbal infusions or liqueurs.
The leaves of the lemon verbena are also often used for the flavoring of herbal teas, as well as to perfume the breath, but also for the creation of deodorants for aromatic baths.
In addition, lemon verbena leaves can often be found in preparations as aromatic mixtures that are used for roasts and marinades, but also in the manufacture of herbal liqueurs.
We must not forget how, in some cases, the flowering tops can also be used as a discreet alternative to the leaves.
Essentially, the flowering tops can be used for the preparation of aromatic comfort drinks, as a digestive and, in some cases, even as an antispasmodic.
As for the infusion, it is necessary to place one or two grams of lemon verbena leaves in at least 100 ml of water and it must be taken after the main meals.
As for the cosmetic use, perfumed baths can be prepared or there is also the possibility of using the leaves, in the same way as sage, for cleaning the teeth (rubbing them with a fresh leaf) and gums.