Lemon verbena, known as louiza in Moroccan Arabic, is a popular herb used both for its flavor and its medicinal properties. I first became familiar with it when my newborn became colicky. My mother-in-law, who had traveled to the States for the birth, insisted on steeping louiza in water and feeding the sweetened tea to my baby.
Later I came to enjoy Moroccan Green Tea with Louiza for its fragrant good taste, not necessarily for its therapeutic benefits. More recently I tried Hot Milk with Louiza. It makes a pleasant and aromatic alternative to tea or coffee, particularly in the evening.
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