What is vervain herb used for?
The aerial parts have been used traditionally for many conditions, including stimulation of lactation and treatment of dysmenorrhea, jaundice, gout, kidney stones, headache, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Vervain is also considered an astringent, a bitter digestive tonic, and a diuretic.
Where can vervain be found?
Vervain belongs to the genus Verbena – the friendly little annual found in many flowerbeds. While garden verbena is a sub-tropical plant, Vervain is native to Southern Europe and most likely found its way to the New World with early settlers.
Is vervain poisonous to humans?
Vervain is generally recognized as safe by the FDA.
As nouns the difference between vervain and lavender
is that vervain is a herbaceous plant, , common in europe and formerly held to have medicinal properties while lavender is any of a group of european plants, genus, lavandula , of the mint family.
Vervain is a potent herb and a vampire's most well-known weakness. If a vampire makes physical contact with vervain in any form, it will burn them. If a vampire ingests vervain, the vampire's throat and digestive tract will be burned and they will become feverish and extremely weak.
The oil produced by the verbena plant is typically yellow or green, and offers a fruity, citrus scent, hence its common epithet, lemon verbena. Like other essential oils, verbena oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant by steam distillation.
Vervain is a mild sedative that reduces the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. Studies show it also increases the amount of time the body spends in REM sleep. Often prescribed by herbalists to quell nervous tension and anxiety, it also allays the kind of stress that causes sleeplessness.
You'll be able to find live verbena at almost any garden center during the spring and summer growing season, but starting from seed is a relatively easy process. They can take a long time to flower, with some requiring as many as 90 days, so be patient while waiting for these beauties to open up.