Mint Tea with Lemon Verbena

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Refreshing herbal tea made with fresh lemon verbena and mint leaves.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

A while ago I ordered some herbal tea at the Chez Panisse Café in Berkeley. The tea arrived in a large, clear, glass teapot, filled with green leaves and hot water.

The tea was lovely — light, lemony, minty.

After we finished it, my curiosity got the best of me and I started fishing out the leaves from the pot, wondering what was in this tea anyway?

Our server noticed this odd behavior and quickly came to the table offering to provide us with fresh leaves. “These leaves here are mint, but what are these long green ones?” I asked. “Lemon verbena,” was the answer and she happily addressed my battery of questions about this herb.

Lemon verbena is a bushy shrub that grows quite well in Northern California. It originally comes from South America, but has been cultivated in Europe since the 1600s.

Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena has a strong lemon scent and is used to add a lemon flavor to many dishes.

In anticipation of making my own verbena mint tea, I planted some this spring. True to expectations, the not-yet-a-bush plant is thriving. Here’s the method for making simple mint tea with lemon verbena:

Mint Tea with Lemon Verbena Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves (not the stems, they're bitter), rinsed, lightly packed (about 20 leaves)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lemon verbena leaves, rinsed, lightly packed (about 10-15 leaves)
  • 2 cups of water


1 Heat water: Bring a pot of fresh water almost, but not quite to a boil.

2 Pour over mint and lemon verbena in tea pot: Put the mint and verbena leaves in a teapot. Pour the hot water over the leaves. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Strain into tea cups.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Mason

    I’m a diabetic type 1 and I for years in the winter moths had a cold or even flu which seem to last for weeks and if not months some years, with diabetes you ave a much lower immune system where you catch a cold and alike just by looking at someone who sneezes. my diabetic nurse suggested trying Lemon Verbena Tea as there had been many studies into the health benefits of this tea and how Lemon Verbena boosts your immune system, I get my tea from The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company –

  2. Peter

    We have a lovely smelling Verbena bush and plenty of Mint.
    Just brewed my first pot of tea, it has a light green colour, pleasant odour.
    Nice taste, not to strong but good.

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  3. Kevin

    I’d love to grow my own plant but where can I find lemon verbena seeds?

    You might ask your local nursery or search online. I’ve only bought the plant itself, and have not tried to grow one from seed. ~Elise

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  4. Kristin

    This is really good! Since it’s really hot right now, I decided to make this into iced tea instead. It’s a little milder taste when you add in the ice cubes, but still makes a delicious cool beverage. Definitely try this!


  5. Suziq

    Hi, I noticed in the comments for Lemon Verbena Tea, that someone had wondered if Lemon Scented Verbena had any medicinal properties.
    It does actually:
    It helps reduce fevers/temperatures
    It also can help relieve indigestion, similar to mint
    It can also help people with poor digestion, especially, if they have a health problem in that area. Lemon Scented Verbena actually works but soothing the muscles which are spasming during an episode of indigestion or ‘trapped’ wind (flatulence)
    Hope this helps:)

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