Vervain - Verbena Officinalis

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This Vervain (Verbena officinalis) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

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 physical 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 liver and kidney autonomic functions. It is used for nervous depression, acute spasms of bronchitis and whooping cough, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.

Contraindications: Vervain is contraindicated in pregnancy.

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