HIERBA LUISA (Aloysia citrodora)

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

Deciduous shrub, between 3 and 7 m high, with subleñosos or woody stems on top. Presents whorled leaves up to 7 cm, lanceolate, apicada, with smooth or toothed margin and very short petiole, are light green by the beam, with the back marked by conspicuous oil glands. Give off a strong lemon fragrance. Flowers small whitish or whitish-purple, clustered in spikes. also it has pink flowers.

Use

It is commonly used in gardens as an ornamental. It is used as a digestive, carminative and antispasmodic, in case of dyspepsia or stomach pains. She is also consumed as a mild sedative

Importance

It has a significant amount of melatonin, a substance that is used as a natural relaxing and promotes sleep at night.