Have you ever enjoyed the aroma of Lemon Verbena Essential Oil? It is light, soft and has beautiful lemon aroma. There is no sharpness to Lemon Verbena. The Lemon Verbena herb is native to South America. The entire plant smells like a lemon but the distillation of the leaves is what produces the essential oil. It is a top middle note and can bring a lovely citrus to any blend. Anxiety and depression may be chased away by the aroma of Lemon Verbena. In addition, there might be some favorable impact on digestion.
Most of all, I love Lemon Verbena in soap. This morning I handcrafted 250 bars of Lemon Verbena Goat's Milk Soap. I'm looking forward to using it as a refreshing wake up in the morning. By the time it has completed curing it will be just about Spring. Can you smell the alluring lemon, picture the melting of the snow and sense the longer days? As we usher in the tulips, lilies of the valley, hyacinths and lilacs, remember this day foreshadowing the promise of a warm appealing shower sprinkled with a gentle lemon that started in early January.
A side of porridge percolates between batches of Lemon Verbena Soap. The recipe is below. It's an every day staple in our diet on the farm. Change it up with yogurt, milk, fresh or dried fruit, ginger, raisins, fresh cranberries or even a shake of cinnamon. Enjoy!
1/4 cup cracked wheat (use any wheat...kamut, red, spring, white, winter)
1/4 cup of oat groats or steel cut oats
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut or add additional oats
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/4 cup brown rice
3 cups of water
Combine all ingredients in a crockpot. Just before bed set crockpot on LOW temperature. (This porridge needs at least 6 -8 hours of cooking time).