Vervain - Verbena officinalis - family:
Verbenaceae (Vervain Family).|
This perennial plant grows to about three feet high. It has toothed
lobed oblong-shaped lower leaves and toothed lobed lance-shaped upper
leaves. In the spring, summer and fall it has spikes of small lilac
flowers. The flowers are followed by capsules which contain small hard
seeds (nutlets). The ancient Egyptians and the ancient Romans considered
this plant as sacred. Europeans in the Middle Ages used it as protection
against witchcraft and the plague. Traditional use of leaves as one of
the ingredients of witches' brews in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Traditional European folk use of roots and leaves as a remedy for
anxiety, bronchitis, depression, headaches, insomnia, liver problems and
rheumatism. Modern European folk use of roots and leaves as a remedy for
problems with alcohol. Traditional European folk use of leaves as a
poultice for burns, cuts, skin irritations, sprains and wounds. Modern
American folk use as a remedy for pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). In
Traditional Chinese Medicine the leaves and roots (Ma Bian Cao) have
been used as a remedy for fever, flu, malaria, nervous conditions and
urinary problems. Note: large doses may cause nausea and vomiting. Note:
do not use if pregnant or nursing. Native to Europe, Asia and North
Africa. Naturalized in eastern North America. Cultivated as an
ornamental in North America.
Vervain - Verbena officinalis
(in the Verbenaceae or Verbena family)
Part used: Aerial herb during flowering stage.
Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry
strength liquid extract: 5-15 drops 1-3 times per day.
Mental picture and specific indications: Vervain is indicated for
nervous symptoms due to mental or physcial overexertion with spasms in
general, especially in the neck and back due to overexertion. The
individual is usually strong-willed.
Use: (a) Alterative, (b) Astringent, (c) Diuretic, (d)
Antispasmodic, (e) Antidepressant.
This herb is a relaxing and stimulating nervine with specific influence
on hepatic and renal autonomic functions. It is used for nervous
depression, acute spasms of bronchitis and whooping cough, amenorrhea
Contraindications: Vervain is contraindicated in pregnancy.