Last update: March 22, 2018

Aloysia citriodora

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Leaves of shrub are used for many purposes like: medicinal, culinary and aromatic.

It contains flavonoids, essential oil which is rich in citral and pertenes.

Attributed effects that have not been clinically tested: digestion improvement, antispasmodic.

The Commission E of German Ministry of Health does not credit any benefit for Health.

At latest update, relevant published data on excretion into breast milk were not found.

Widely used, especially in South America. Because of a lack of toxicity, the occasional or moderate consumption during breastfeeding is thought be of low or nil risk.


We do not have alternatives for Aloysia citriodora since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Other names

Aloysia citriodora is also known as Lemon Verbena. Here it is a list of alternative known names::

Aloysia citriodora in other languages or writings:


Aloysia citriodora belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Aloysia citriodora in its composition:

  • Agua del Carmen™. Contains other elements than Aloysia citriodora in its composition


  1. Vargas Corrales, Verónica. Elaboración de té aromático a base de plantas cedrón (aloysia citrodora) y toronjil (mellisa officinalis) procesado con stevia (stevia rebaudiana bertoni) endulzante natural, utilizando el método de deshidratación. Tesis doctoral. Universidad Técnica de Cotopaxi. 2012 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Abderrahim F, Estrella S, Susín C, Arribas SM, González MC, Condezo-Hoyos L. The antioxidant activity and thermal stability of lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) infusion. J Med Food. 2011 Abstract
  3. Caturla N, Funes L, Pérez-Fons L, Micol V. A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of the effect of a combination of lemon verbena extract and fish oil omega-3 fatty acid on joint management. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Ponce-Monter H, Fernández-Martínez E, Ortiz MI, Ramírez-Montiel ML, Cruz-Elizalde D, Pérez-Hernández N, Cariño-Cortés R. Spasmolytic and anti-inflammatory effects of Aloysia triphylla and citral, in vitro and in vivo studies. J Smooth Muscle Res. 2010 Abstract

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