Marva (Lippia Alba, Verbenaceae) is a plant used on a large scale by a big chemical variety of her essential oils. This diversification of essential oil components is responsible for the various uses in folk and herbal medicine. The essential oils in the leaves contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

        

Marva is appreciated in the kitchen and as a medicinal herb. Popular in India as well as in the American Tropics. Fresh and dried leaves have a delicious lemongrass scent.

 

Also used to flavor soup, meat, fish and above all to make pleasant tea.

 

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You can prepare the tea by making one teaspoon of dried leaves in a mug or cup with boiling hot water (203 degrees F) and let set for 5-10 minutes.


                           

Marva (Lippia Alba)