¿Que es el cedrón?

What is lemon verbena?

The Cedrón (Aloysia citrodora) is a shrub native to South America. This South American plant was introduced to Europe through Spanish colonization, receiving the name Aloysia there and, by extension, María Luisa, in honor of the wife (that's her name) of King Charles IV of Spain, Princess of Parma. From there comes its other name: Yerba Luisa or Hierba Luisa. Its scientific name is completed by the Latin term citrodora , which means “lemon-scented.” In Victorian times, people would put lemon verbena on their handkerchiefs or rub sprigs of the herb on their necks to enjoy its aroma.

Lemon verbena is an aromatic herb that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Originally from South America, it gained popularity around the world due to its health benefits , especially in the area of ​​sleep and relaxation.

The infusion of its leaves and stems is preferably used for the treatment of gastrointestinal conditions (colic, diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, among others) and as a pain reliever for the nervous system (anxiety and insomnia).

REFERENCE: The Chronicler

Due to its high concentration of essential oils, it is a very aromatic herb with a relaxing effect. It acts on the nervous system by activating the parasympathetic system, helping in cases of stress. Scientific studies have been carried out proving that it benefits rest, being effective in cases of insomnia.

It has anti-inflammatory properties on the respiratory system, reduces bronchitis, and is effective in cases of asthma, not only internally consumed but also when used in the form of vapors. It can be mixed with eucalyptus, enhancing its effect on this particular system.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of lemon verbena are attributed to its phenolic compounds, verbascoside and luteolin.

It is a very good cardiovascular preventive in combination with hibiscus and helps reduce blood pressure, being efficient in cases of hypertension.

REFERENCE: Flourish. Natural medicine


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