This Sparkling Lemon Verbena Infusion is so incredibly refreshing! I grew a lot of verbena in my garden this year and found a way to use it all!
I bought a tiny lemon verbena plant at a small local farm, because it was organically grown and I love all things lemon. It took a while, but suddenly the plant started growing like crazy.
I was cutting small branches of leaves and using it in various dishes.
Now, it is coming close to the end of the season and I have to use it up. I decided to make an infusion from the leaves and I was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it was!
The smell of freshly cut lemon verbena is intoxicating! And the taste similar!
Lemon verbena, also called, Aloysia Triphylla, Vervain and Lippia Citriodora, is in the Verbenaceae family. The lemony flavor comes for the essential oil of citral, which is also found in citrus plants.
Lemon verbena is a soothing herb and can be used as an aid in digestion and to alleviate spasms of the colon. It also has expectorant properties and may be used to alleviate asthma and bronchial spasms.
The herb also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects so it may be used to support the immune system in times of stress. Additionally, it has a very soothing effect and may be used for insomnia and in times of anxiety.
Lemon verbena may be used in cooking by adding it to salads, soups and desserts in place of lemon peel.
This Infusion is simply made by extracting the flavors from the fresh herbs and tea leaves by allowing them to steep in the water. The resulting liquid is called an infusion.Print
Tip: Be sure to taste the infusion before adding the cool quart of water to see if you want to dilute it.