One of the oldest and most reliable uses of vervain is as a diuretic, as it stimulates the release of urine from the body. It can help eliminate toxins from the system, as well as excess water, salts, and fat. It also helps protect the kidneys and the liver by reducing the presence of dangerous substances and toxins that accumulate there. If you have a bladder infection, vervain can be a highly effective remedy.
If you regularly suffer from chest congestion, colds, chronic bronchitis, sore throats or respiratory inflammation, vervain tea can be a simple and pleasant means of clearing up your tracts and eliminating irritation. Coughs and colds from Rome to California have been cured with vervain, as it also acts as an expectorant, helping to expel mucus and phlegm that have accumulated in the respiratory tracts.
The soothing properties of vervain can effectively treat a number of ailments, including nervous disorders, chronic anxiety, stress, and sleeplessness. Sometimes, our body’s release and management of hormones are less than optimal, and over time, this can cause significant health problems. A cup of vervain tea can calm our nerves and re-balance hormone levels, ensuring that our body can rest.
Vervain has commonly been turned to in the past for people suffering from depression and unpredictable moods. This relaxing and uplifting herb can promote positive thinking, stimulate the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, and improve your mood by clearing your mind of worry.
Although intestinal worms and parasites aren’t as common as they used to be before proper food preparation guidelines and health advanced, the anti-parasitic nature of vervain is still relied on in some cultures and situations. The natural anti-parasitic nature of the herb means that you can eliminate or prevent the growth and development of any worms or parasites in your intestines, thereby protecting your digestive health.
For women who suffer from severe periods vervain can be a blessing. It has been known to reduce cramps and general discomfort, primarily for women who are bloated and cramping.  Its effects on mood and depression can also soften the symptoms of menstruation, while its help in regulation of hormones will keep you balanced and functional.
The tannins present in vervain make it a very effective way to protect your overall oral health. Whether you have bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, bacterial infections, or any other unhealthy aspect of your oral health, vervain tea can quickly clear it up. Tannins function as antioxidants to promote healing and prevent further degradation to the tissue.
Some women struggle to produce enough milk for their baby, and this is completely natural in many cases. However, vervain can help stimulate the production of milk in the breast, ensuring that your baby has all of the nutrients it needs in that crucial period of growth.
Vervain can act as a powerful analgesic. It seems to be particularly effective on arthritic pain and the pain from kidney stones. The organic compounds present in vervain can numb certain areas and stop the pain from registering in those nerves, thereby giving you some relief. The anti-inflammatory properties of the herb are the perfect complement to this pain relief, as it will also reduce swelling and inflammation, such as in cases of gout, arthritis, or inflammation in the gastrointestinal system.
Throughout North America and Europe, you can find small patches of purple flowering plants commonly known as blue vervain.
Vervain belongs to the plant family Verbenacea, not to be confused with lemon verbena. Lemon verbena is a completely different plant, but lemon verbena and vervain are in the same plant family. There are also varieties of vervain, including blue vervain (Verbena hastata) and white vervain (Verbena urticifolia).
Vervain has been revered by many cultures and their peoples for millennia. Hippocrates (the Ancient Greek physician and “father of medicine”) is said to have used it for fever and the plague.
The Aztecs used the roots of this herb as a diuretic and referred to it as “medicine for urinating”, whereas in North America the Native American tribes used it for insomnia, to boost circulation and for headaches.
Vervain was known as a divine herb in Ancient Egypt where it was believed to come from the tears of the goddess Isis when she wept over the death of Osiris. The Ancient Egyptians and Chinese thought this herb had "hidden powers" and it was the herb of prophecy for the magi - the mystic sages of Persia.
Vervain was also one of the most sacred herbs to the Druids, who are said to have gathered it from shady places before sunrise, especially at the time of the rising of Sirius, the dog star. They utilised it in divination, consecration, and ritual cleansing of sacred spaces.
It is also called "Herb of the Cross" because folk legend declared that it was used to staunch the flow of Jesus' blood after he was removed from the cross.
The aerial portions (above-ground plant parts) of Verbena officinalis are used for medicinal purposes. These parts — namely the leaves and flowers — are known to contain active plant components, including glycosides (verbenin), alkaloids, tannins, bitter principles and volatile oil.
Common Names: Simpler’s Joy, Enchanter’s Plant, Herb of the Cross, Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Pigeonweed, Herb of Grace, Wild Hyssop, Iron-weed, Wild Verbena, and Indian Hyssop.
Preparation: Put a teaspoon of vervain into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three 2-3 per day.
Precaution: Verbena officinalis is not generally recommended for pregnant women because it is a known uterine stimulant. However, traditionally speaking, it has been taken during the last two weeks of pregnancy to encourage labor. Anyone who is pregnant or has any ongoing health issues should only take Verbena officinalis under the direction of a trained professional.
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