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Leaves opposite, whitish flowers, strong lemon scent. Use fresh or dry. Tea used for colds, improving mental performance, fever, insomnia, nervous conditions, digestive spasms, painful menses, hyperthyroid, Grave’s disease. Extracts used a lot for herpes, cold sores, mumps. Has over 8 anti-viral compounds and lots of anti-inflammatories and antispasmotics, calms nerves, colic. Contains eugenol, which kills bad bacteria. Flavors ice cream, tea. Mosquito repellent. Avoid if on thyroid medication like thyroxine.
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