Vervain Verbena hastata, V. officinalis

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Verbena hastata, V. officinalis
Verbena hastata
Common Names
Vervain , Blue Vervain, Wild Hyssop, Simpler's Joy, Herb of the cross
Botanical Name
Verbena hastata, V. officinalis
Family
VERBENACEAE

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Vervain

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How to Use: Vervain


Vervain has been useful to herbal healers for many centuries of recorded history, both in the Europe (Verbena officinalis)Netje Blanchan and in North America, (V. hastata),yet there is a dearth of human studies with this herb. Vervain's healing properties are attributed primarily to its bitter and stimulating effect on the liver and other organs, as well as its relaxing effect on the nervous system. 2 Vervain is useful in many diseases as a pain reliever and natural tranquilizer, an expectorant used to treat chronic bronchitis, and an antirheumatic used to relive joint pain. Herbalists consider vervain especially helpful when depression is related to chronic illness. As an added benefit, it can help to heal any damage that has occurred to the liver.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Traditionally used as a tea, use equal amounts of vervain and sugar. To be used, it must be picked before flowering and dried promptly.

Vervain Remedies




Vervain Side Effects: avoid during pregnancy

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Plant Description

  • Flowers: Very small, purplish blue, in numerous slender, erect, compact spikes. Calyx 5-toothed; corolla tubular, unequally 5-lobed; 2 pairs of stamens; 1 pistil
  • Stem: 3 to 7 ft. high, rough, branched above, leafy, 4-sided.
  • Leaves: Opposite, stemmed, lance-shaped, saw-edged rough, lower ones lobed at base
  • Fruit: Coral red, round or oval; not edible.
  • Preferred Habitat:Moist meadows, roadsides, waste places.
  • Flowering Season: May.
  • Distribution: United States and Canada in almost every part.

Seeds below, a circle of insignificant purple-blue flowers in the centre, and buds at the top of the vervain's slender spires do not produce a striking effect, yet this common plant certainly does not lack beauty. John Burroughs, ever ready to say a kindly, appreciative word for any weed, speaks of its drooping, knotted threads, that "make a pretty etching upon the winter snow." Bees, the vervain's benefactors, are usually seen clinging to the blooming spikes, and apparently asleep on them. Borrowing the name of Simpler's Joy from its European sister, (V. officinalis), the flower has also appropriated much of the tradition and folklore centered about that plant which herb gatherers, or simplers, truly delighted to see, since none was once more salable. Netje Blanchan Wild Flowers worth Knowing(1917)

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References:
books citedWorks Cited
    Owen N. Verbena officinalis L. Vervain British Journal of Phytotherapy. 2001;5, No. 3:114-117.
    Clinically, verbena is known as a calming restorative for debilitated conditions as well as a stimulant for the liver and digestion; many cultures have considered it a heal-all, and it has been used to treat ailments of several body systems.
    American Botanical Council