Medicinal Plants: Juanilama

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

Juanilama (Lippia Alba) or Oaxaca Lemon Verbena as it is known in English is an herb found in Costa Rica and other countries in Mesoamerica. The plant belongs to the Verbanacea family, grows to about 1.5 m in height and has green leaves that are serrate and opposite. It grows very small purple and white flowers and gives off a lemony fragrance. Not only does it smell nice, it is also good for you. A tea can be made from its leaves (fresh or dried). You can also use the leaves to make a tincture that can be rubbed on bruises and contusions.


Juanilama not only tastes great, but also has some medicinal properties that are good for us. It has traditionally been used in Costa Rica to help combat stomach aches, colic and high cholesterol. It is used to help with high cholesterol due to the fact that the plant helps eliminate fat from the body. Juanilama is used as a muscle relaxant, to fight intestinal muscle spasms, to assist with migraines and in the treatment of colitis and ulcers. It even helps with coughs.



Next time you are not feeling well due to stomach cramping, colic, bloating, or a simple cough, make some Juanilama tea and relax.


To brew as a tea simply bring a liter of water to boil. Place a few fresh or dried Juanilama leaves into a tea kettle and pour hot water over the leaves. Let it steep for five to ten minutes. Then add honey, if you wish, and enjoy a natural remedy for many ailments.

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