Verbena (verveine in French, or aloysia citrodora in Latin) was cultivated in the rainforests of Chile back in the 1700s, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and eventually arriving in Morocco, the Mediterranean area, Kenya, and China. This delightful flowering shrub produces a yellow or green oil that smells strongly of lemon, hence its common alias: lemon verbena.
But what does verbena smell like?
Verbena smells fresh and floral (with a hint of lemon!) – a refreshing, yet calming touch of nature. Combined with its garden-like green-herbal nuances, verbena is often used in perfumery as a top note for its freshness and energy. You’ll find it in blends that include bergamot, patchouli, rose, lavender, and sandalwood.
In addition to being used in perfume, verbena oil is also frequently used in home sprays, massage oils, candles, and body products such as lotions and mists. Its aromatherapeutic benefits probably explain its popularity: verbena offers powerful relief from the monotony of the daily grind by inspiring and stimulating the mind through its captivating aroma.