Verbena had magical properties in many ancient civilizations. It is called the magician plant, pigeon grass, cross plant, plant of mercy. Druids, Persians, ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as worshipers of Thor in Scandinavia gave it healing powers. In ancient Egypt, it was believed verbena grew from the tears of goddess Isis who cried after the death of god Osiris. In ancient Greece and Rome, it was considered a holy plant and placed in shrines. Hippocrates used it to fight fever and native Indians in America used it to treat headaches, insomnia and circulation problems. In TV show “Vampire Diaries” verbena is the only plant that can weaken and disable vampires.
Under the name Verbena, you can find many different essential oils that are all gotten from the Lippia citriodora, Thymus hiemallis and Verbena officinalis plants. Essential oils made by distilling the freshly picked plant can go from light yellow to olive green color and has a very refreshing lemony scent that in time turns into a sweet, almost fruity scent. Verbena oil is used to make colognes and the effect of refreshment and cleanness are far greater than those of lemon. Special Eau de Vervaine, aka verb. scented water, are very popular in France, Central Europe and South America. To make them, essential verb. oil is mixed with citrus oils, neroli, palmarosa, jononi, musk, aldehydes and other fragrant raisins.
Perfumes with verbena scent note are: Guerlain Eau de Vervaine, Creed Green Irish Tweed and Neroli Sauvage, L’Occitane Citrus Verb., 4711 Acqua Colonia, Santa Maria Novella Verb., Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Arcana, Jo Malone Verb. de Provance, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’ Issey, Lolita Lempicka Eau de Desir, Philosophy Lemon Philosophy, Thierry Mugler Alien Aqua Chic, Molinard Eau de Verveine, D’Orsay Esika, L’Artisan L’Eau d’Artisan, Caron Yuzu Man, Annick Goutal Eau de Sud.
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