Aztec sweet herb (Lippia dulcis)

Gail H
Gail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭✭
edited November 2020 in Plant ID

I saw this herb at the nursery today. I have never heard of it before but it sounds like it would be useful.

Quoting from the plant tag: " A Mexican herb, used at least since the time of the Aztecs for coughs, colds, bronchitis,asthma and colic. ...Since its leaves have an intense sweetness, it is being investigated as a sugar substitute."

It sounds like it might be especially useful for children, being sweet tasting.

Does anyone have any experience with this herb?


  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Posts: 1,481 admin

    Known in Australia as either bushy lippia or honey herb. Usually associated with wet areas or water gardens or hanging baskets. Usually not thought of for its medicinal properties. I have no experience with this herb but will keep an eye out on what others say. Will look for it next nursery visit or my online herb shop. Thanks

  • jowitt.europe
    jowitt.europe Posts: 1,349 admin

    I like Aztec sweet herb better than Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)- another sweet herb. Aztec sweet is less sweet than Stevia and has a more pleasant by taste. I have the plant at home, but I have not experimented with it. I am looking for natural sugar alternatives, as we want to get rid of sugar completely. I have experimented with natural Stevia - fresh or dried leaves. One can sweeten hot tea. However, I was not successful in replacing sugar by dried Stevia leaves in a baking. I would also be interested in learning more about usage of natural Aztec sweet or Stevia.