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Louisa: Greek Lemon Verbena Herbal Tea

Greek name and pronunciation:

λουΐζα, pronounced loo-WEE-zah

Therapeutic uses:

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.

Dried verbena leaves for herbal tea

Dried verbena leaves for herbal tea

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).

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