Mint Tea with Lemon Verbena

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

  • 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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  • 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 –

  • 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.

  • 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!


  • 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

  • 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:)

  • Sunset Dave

    Very cool. Sounds like another plant to add to the herb garden out back. My mint plants are all growing like weeds, so if this lemon verbena is anywhere near as prolific, I’m good to go :-)

    I wonder how it does in the Sunset fog though?

  • Braedaan

    I love your recipes. I drink mint tea for nausea. It works better than most medicine. I didn’t realize the stems cause bitterness. That’s a great tip because I’ve made “light” mint and water that ended up sort of bitter.

    I wonder if the lemon verbena has any medicinal properties to it. Thanks for the recipe, will be a nice change to have lemon flavor naturally in it :)


  • shuna fish lydon

    Verbena is actually something unto its own. “Lemon Verbena” is a convenient name because Americans needed something to pin it to.

    When I worked with a Japanese cake maker a few years ago she tasted my verbena ice cream and said it tasted like ginger to her.

    I’m glad to hear your plant is doing well. They can be quite fickle and don’t always proliferate. Locally I buy my verbena from Knoll Farms. But something to note: if you are taking it home from the store/market and are not going to use it right away it rots quickly.

    I lay the stems on a parchment lined cookie sheet as far apart as I can manage, and keep them in a warm dry spot until they all dry out.

    Infsuing with dried leaves produces a slightly different flavour, but it remains light and delicious. The dried leaves can also be bought in bulk from Rainbow Grocery in SF or from certain Tea shops.

  • Rhiannon

    Would lemon balm work in place of the lemon verbena? Because I have a bunch of that and a bunch of mint that is just dying to be used!