Can be bought as: fresh plant, dried leaves, teabags.
Can be mixed with: Geranium, Lemongrass, Sage, Raspberry leaf, Mint.
Fun Fact: In Peru there is a renowned drink called ‘Inca Kola’. You guessed it, it's a soft drink of the cola variety though the base is Lemon Verbena. A bright green, glass bottled drink, first marketed in 1935, the drink is still a favourite of Peruvian, soft drink lovers!
O.K. so it’s not theoretically tea because we're on the herbal variety which does not contain black tea leaves or caffeine! However I don’t think that here at Isle of Tea we’re discriminating…
Lemon Verbena, Louisa or Lemon Beebrush, as I now like to call it, is an amazing perennial bright leafy herb hailing originally from South America. Brought over to Europe in the 17th century by the Spanish, it has been growing in the warmer, southern and eastern European countries ever since.
Its appearance could be missed (when not in flower over the spring/ early summer) when nestled amongst other more rambunctious growing herbs such as Geranium. Needless to say it’s lovely long, pointy, effervescent, green leaves, tiny white/purple flowers and irresistible, heady lemony aroma should not be missed.
Once a fresh leaf is bruised between your fingertips, it’s a job not to start eating them! It’s addictive, seductive freshness is what helps make it a perfect ‘anytime’ tea.
I love to make it straight into my glass mug for a cleansing morning beverage. Popping 3 to 4 good sized leaves into my mug, splashing with freshly boiled water and watching the leaves swim for 10 or so minutes, whilst the aromas are released its a great way to say good morning to yourself!
As a morning tea, I find Lemon Beebrush to be a natural wake-up to the body and mind. Its light and rejuvenating properties make it easy and delightful to drink. Before sipping I like to place my noggin over the top of my mug, take a deep breath and inhale (as a mini aromatic facial!) the green, lemony vapours.
Equally enjoyable is a good pot brewed late at night after a good meal with friends. Executed with a generous spoon of honey which adds a rounder, softer and calming sensation, a nice little cup will do wonders for a full belly and your diegestion.
Lemon Beebrush is considered a powerful healing herb also, noted for aiding: Digestion, feverish cold, muscle tension, easing colic, keeping candida at bay, strengthening the nervous system, de-stressing, easing spasms in the colon, anti-oxidant.
Another favourite way to enjoy Lemon Beebrush is as an Ice Tea.
Find a good heat protected glass bottle with lid, of 1 litre size more or less. Place a small branch of leaves or a small handful of dried leaves inside along with, half a lemon and a spoon of brown sugar or more to taste. Cover with boiling water and leave to cool for 15-20 minutes. Screw on the cap of the bottle and holding at both the top and bottom of the bottle give it a good shake up. Place in the fridge and leave to cool further for 1-2 hours. Serve up in a cooled glass with an ice cube on a warm summer afternoon! Bliss!
Thanks to Rosa for this lovely post! You can check out her Rhen Shop on Etsy too.
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