Mastrante (Lippia Alba) is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to southern Texas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Common names include bushy matgrass, bushy lippia, hierba negra, and pitiona or the Oaxaca lemon verbena. It is a multi-branched shrub flowers with white, pink, or light blue-purple corollas form on spikes. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental for its aromatic foliage and beautiful flowers.
Part Used: Leaves
Aroma: earthy, spicy, fresh, anise seed or licorice like
The essential oil composition is unique to each plant, but may include piperitone, geranial, neral, caryophyllene, camphor, eucalyptol, limonene, carvone, germacrene, α-guaiene, β-ocimene, linalool, or myrcene.
Uses: The plant is used medicinally for its somatic, sedative (not inducing sleep but increasing the length of sleep.) It also helps prevent ulcers, it is an antidepressant, has analgesic, stomachic, anti-spasmotic, digestive, anti-hemorrhoidal and anti-asthmatic properties. Different biological activities such as cytotoxic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
The leaves are used mainly as a flavouring in soups etc, and occasionally as a cooked vegetable. Helps to repel mosquitos. A pleasant tasting tea is make from the leaves.
It is very grounding to the body. Grounding oils tend to be calming and promote relaxation while providing clarity and energizing.
Blends well with: Anise, Bay, Black Pepper, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Pine, Rose
If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!
While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.
While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.