Vervain Herb

R 85.00R 695.00

Dried Vervain Herb (Verbena officinalis)

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-3 teaspoons of herb. Infuse in a covered container for 10-15 min. Strain and drink 3 times a day.

Available in 75g and 1kg options.

 

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Vervain Herb (Verbena officinalis)

The Greek physician Hippocrates used Vervain Herb to treat fever and plague. The Romans believed in its holiness, and the Aztecs used it for its diuretic properties.

Vervain is also known as American Blue Vervain and Simpler’s Joy. This plant is in the Plant Family Verbenacea, but not to be confused with Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla). These are two different plants only belonging to the same Plant Family. Vervain is indigenous to the United States growing naturally along roadsides and tall grassy fields flowering between June and September. It is a tall (3-4 feet), slender, elegant, perennial plant with opposing leaves which are lobed and serrated in shape and have small purplish-blue flowers. Historically it was listed for use by King’s American Dispensatory as, tonic, emetic, expectorant, and sudorific. A Sudorific is a substance that causes or increases sweating. It is a plant that is overlooked by modern herbalists, but one that deserves renewed interest for its versatile influences on numerous systems.

Vervain is a popular remedy due to its multiple plant-beneficial compounds. Some of its benefits include antitumor effects, nerve cell protection, anxiety- and convulsion-reducing properties, and antimicrobial activity.

Vervain regained popularly in the 1930s as one of the 38 flowering plants used in a homeopathic tincture called Bach Flower Remedy, variations of which are still sold today. Among its purported benefits, vervain may help treat:

  • Headaches
  • General aches and pain
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive dysfunction
  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Depression and anxiety

Vervain should be avoided in people with kidney disease. The verbenalin found in the plant can irritate the kidneys if overused, causing inflammation and a potential worsening of the condition.

To make vervain tea, bring a saucepan of water to boil. Add 4 teabags to the teapot or tea infuser. Pour over the boiling water and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add honey, lemon or stevia to enhance the flavor.

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75g, 1kg