Vervain (Verbena officinalis) Dried Loose Herb, Herbal Tea 25g Infusion
Vervain is an indispensable essential to add to the shelves of your Botanical Apothecary
Vervain has been revered by many cultures and herbalists for millennia to combat depression and mood swings. It is a relaxing and uplifting herb that can stimulate the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, enhancing mood and well being. Vervain is also effective in promoting a good night's sleep without rendering the user groggy in the morning.
It is an especially good herb to use if your digestive issues are stress related. Vervain works by helping to stimulate the appetite and relaxing the stomach when tension is held there.
Vervain tea can also be useful in helping to combating bloating and flatulence.
Folklore and History
Vervain was known as a divine herb in Ancient Egypt where it was believed to come from the tears of the goddess Isis when she wept over the death of Osiris. The Ancient Egyptians and Chinese thought this herb had "hidden powers" and it was the herb of prophecy for the magi - the mystic sages of Persia.
Vervain was also one of the most sacred herbs to the Druids, who are said to have gathered it from shady places before sunrise, especially at the time of the rising of Sirius, the dog star. They utilised it in divination, consecration, and ritual cleansing of sacred spaces.
It is also called "Herb of the Cross" because folk legend declared that it was used to staunch the flow of Jesus' blood after he was removed from the cross.
It should be avoided during pregnancy because it is a uterine stimulant, but it may be taken during labour to stimulate contractions.
If you are taking any prescription medications, please consult with your healthcare practitioner before using Vervain.