Vervain (aerial parts) Tea

Vervain used histrorically to strengthen the nervous system whilst relaxing any stress or tension.


Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.

Herb Info / Uses


AU$ 8.95 tax incl.

Botanical Name: Verbena officinalis

Plant Family: Verbenaceae

Plant description: Vervain is native to the Mediterranean region, growing to 90 cm tall. It has ribbed angular stems, loosely branched with reasonably sparse, opposite leaves. They vary from ovate and coarsely toothed to deeply lobed or pinnatifid. The small lilac coloured flowers are borne on long terminal racemes.

Part used: Aerial parts.

Harvest: When the plant begins flowering.

Active Constituents: Iridoid glycosides (verbenalin, aucubin), hydroxycinnamic acid deratives (verbascoside), flavonoids, triterpenes, sterols.

Energetics: Bitter, cooling.

Actions: Nervine tonic, thymoleptic, diaphoretic, astringent, galactogogue, mild sedative, analgesic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, anti-emetic and hepatic.

Uses: Vervain is thought to strengthen the nervous system whilst relaxing any stress or tension. Traditionally it has been used in seizures and hysteria and to ease depression especially following illness. Traditionally used as a diaphoretic it assists in the treatment of influenza and fever. Vervain is thought to have antispasmodic action tradiationally thought to be useful in asthma, migraines and intestinal colic especially if stress related. It is thought to promotes milk production and assists with liver and gall bladder problems. It is thought to be an excellent mouth wash for dental and gum disease.

Dosage: Infusion – pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried herb and drink after five minutes. Drink up to one cup three times per day. Fluid Extract (1:2) – 20—40ml/week.

Cautions: None known.

Interactions: May decrease absorption of mineral supplements.

 

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.