Information on Vervain

Latin NameVerbena hastata
Other NamesBlue Vervain
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Endocrine system, Nervous system, Liver
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoAn erect perennial with lanceolate divided leaves and small blue flowers in elongated spike in the vervain family.
DescriptionVervain is a nerve tonic and strengthener. As a diaphoretic and antispasmodic herb, it is also used for colds, flu, lung congestion, and menstrual irregularity.

Vervain has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Vervain

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Splintersanti-infectiontincture externally
Convalescence, from long-term illnessnerve tonic, strengthenertincture, tea
Feverdiaphoretictea, tincture
Colds, acutediaphoretictea, tincture
Amenorrheablood movertincture, tea


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