Verbena officinalis

Vervain - Verbena officinalis (in the Verbenaceae or Verbena family)

Part used: Aerial herb during flowering stage.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Drying.

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 and dysmenorrhea.

Contraindications: Vervain is contraindicated in pregnancy.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.