Lemon Verbena Tea

Té de Cedrón

If you enjoy herbal teas, you will really enjoy this fragrant lemon verbena tea – té de cedrón – which can be enjoyed hot or over ice. In Mexico, people drink it as a sleep aid and to help reduce indigestion but we drink it because it has a bright delicious lemony flavor.

Mexican Lemon Verbena Tea

Our version is delicately flavored and lightly sweetened with real honey. You can also prepare it with agave nectar, stevia or sugar although it is great without any sweetener too.

In Mexico, it is common to find lemon verbena grown in pots in patio gardens. It is easy to grow and can be used to cook a wide variety of dishes in addition to preparing tea. Lemon verbena is especially good when used to add a delicate lemony fragrance to fish. Learn how to grow it here.

Lemon Verbena Plant

A few leaves are all you need to prepare your tea. You can double or triple the number if you prefer a stronger flavored tea or will be serving it iced.

Making Lemon Verbena Tea


Té de Cedrón
Mexican Lemon Verbena Tea
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Lemon Verbena Tea Recipe

Recipe to prepare a delicate, fragrant Mexican lemon verbena tea (té de cedrón) which is lightly sweetened with natural honey. Delicious served hot or iced.
Course Drink
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cédron, herbal tea, lemon verbena, tea
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 22kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla


  • 3 lemon verbena leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tsp. honey or sweetener of choice optional


  • Place the 3 lemon verbena leaves in the 4 cups of water. 
  • Boil for 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot or iced with a teaspoon of honey in each glass for sweetness.


Adjusting the Flavor
Our recipe makes a very delicately flavored tea. Chopping the leaves before boiling releases more flavor if you prefer a stronger tea.
Preparing Iced Tea
Double or triple the quantity of leaves if you are preparing iced lemon verbena tea.
Sweetener Options
You can use agave nectar, stevia or sugar to sweeten your tea instead of honey. It is also delicious unsweetened.
Plant Names
Lemon verbena is also known as lemon beebush. In Mexico, it is called cedrón.


Calories: 22kcal | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 6g

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3 comments… add one
  • Kittygayle McMoon

    Thank you very much for this site! I grow Lemon Verbena every year and often am not sure what to do with all of it. Even though I am not in a “frost-free” climate, mine comes back as if it is a perennial! Weird… This has given me another idea for it. Also, can’t wait to try the cactus salad; sounds yummy to me!

    • We’re glad that you like the site! You definitely have to try the cactus salad. It’s delicious!

  • Becky

    Do you dry the leaves or use them fresh for the tea?

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