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HERBS: VERVAIN

by admin - March 30th, 2009.
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Verbena officinalis

Action: Nervine, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, antipyretic, cholagogue, galactagogue, tonic, vulnerary.

Systems Affected: Nerves, circulation, liver, gall-bladder, stomach, intestines, uterus. Preparation and Dosage (thrice daily): Dried leaves and flowers, dose 2-5 grams by infusion.

Vervain, native to Europe and introduced elsewhere, is a perennial herb growing up to 80 centimeters or so in height. It prefers nutrient-rich soils. Sacred to the ancient Greeks and Romans, venerated by the Celtic and Germanic peoples, it has a long history associated with magic and folklore.

Vervain’s principal use is in treating melancholy and depressive states of mind, for which purpose it is often combined with herbs such as Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Skullcap. It is especially useful in depression and debility during convalescence. Its nervine and antispasmodic properties are also useful for general nervous conditions, anxiety states and hysteria.

Its diaphoretic qualities may be employed in colds, flu and fever. It has a tonic effect on the digestive organs and is useful for liver and gallbladder problems (particularly jaundice and gall-bladder pain). It is helpful in cases of painful and irregular menstruation, especially when accompanied by headache or migraine. It helps to increase milk-flow in nursing mothers.

Externally a strong infusion is used to cleanse and promote healing of wounds and ulcers. Applied hot, it helps to relieve the pain of sprains, lumbago and facial neuralgia. The infusion is also used as a gargle for sore throats and as a mouthwash for inflamed gums and bad breath. Bathed on the forehead and temples, it soothes headaches.

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