Greek name and pronunciation:
λουΐζα, pronounced loo-WEE-zah
Louisa is believed to have a stimulative effect on the digestive tract; thus, the belief that it aids in slimming. It is also used to aid in digestion, and is believed to have a calming effect on the nerves.
At the market:
Louisa is sold under several names, the most common being lemon verbena. It can be found as a prepared tea (bags), as loose tea, and as shown in the photo, as dried leaves.
Let’s make tea:
- 1/2 ounce of dried leaves
- 1 quart of boiling water
Put the leaves in a teapot, pour in the boiling water, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink (with honey, sugar, or plain).