History & Folklore

“Lemon verbena is also known as Cedron, Lemon Beebrush, Lemon Luisa and Yerba Louisa.  The last two names are said to be because the plant was named after Marie Louisa, Princess of Parma (1748 – 1819), who later became Queen of Spain.  Whether this is true, I haven’t been able to determine with any degree of certainty, but it was the Spanish who brought lemon verbena to Europe in the 18th century, where it was used in perfume and is still widely used in perfume blends today such as Givenchy’s ‘Very Irresistible’.  Speaking of perfumes, did you know that in ‘Gone with the Wind’, Scarlett O’Hara’s mother Margaret Mitchell and Little House on the Prairie’s Laura Ingalls both declared that lemon verbena was their favourite scent?”  – HerbSociety.org.uk

Making your own perfume is easy and relatively cheap.    I am not one for wearing perfumes all the time but do appreciate a good, natural scent when I smell (or make) one.   Of course, as a little girl, I would love it when Grandmere would send me a box of perfume with my name “Anais Anais” on it.  Not easy having a strange and hard to pronounce name when growing up in Florida. When this perfume came out, it seemed like more folks  could now pronounce my name (thanks to the TV advertising)  and would say, “Oh, you mean like the perfume?”  Yeah, but  I was named before the perfume!

Ok, now back to making your own Eau de toilette.

I like to make alcohol based version :

Mix about 24 drops of lemon verbena oil with two tsp. of distilled water and two tsp. of vodka.
Pour into a clean perfume jar and allow to sit in a cool, dark place for at
least 48 hours to allow the scent to infuse itself into the water and
Mix again before using.

Read more: Lemon Verbena Perfume Recipes | eHow.com


  1. kim says:

    was just wondering if you have a method of extracting essential oils from plants

    • Hilda says:

      Extracting essential oils requires an expensive piece of equipment to steam extract it and you need tons of plant material to make even a small amount of essential oil. For most people, it’s not a do-it-yourself job.

  2. Jeni Vandall says:

    Gotta try this!!!

  3. Chris V says:

    Have you tried this with lavender in place of lemon verbena? I adore the scent of lavender. How long does it last once you mix up a batch and would dried lavender leaves work with this recipe? Sorry about all the questions, but “Who Knew” !?! Y’all are doing homegrown perfume too!!!! Wow! Want to know how long it lasts because this would make a wonderful and inexpensive XMAS homegrown gift for our gal pals. This recipe is going in “the vault”!

  4. Ginger says:

    Back in the 70s, Little House on the Prairie was a TV program. Miss Beetle the new teacher wore lemon verbena scent. Laura was quite taken with her teacher. I’ll never forget the line, ‘and you should have smelled her lemon verbena.’ Kinda funny that you are making it on the Little Homestead in the City.

  5. Deb says:

    We recently watched the episode when Mr. Edwards scented his “letter” with Laura’s lemon verbena to woo the mail lady! lol Now I know how to make it! Yay!!!!

  6. Sarah S says:

    I love making scent with essential oils. My favorites are ginger lemon, and lavender vanilla. I’ve been liberally spritzing myself to get through the long, hot hot midwestern summer. Essential oils are a great investment, you only need a few drops to create heavenly scents.

    Best to all, Sarah

  7. grace says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  8. The Snow Child says:

    how do you make lemon verbena oil?

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