Vervain, or Verbena, is a bitter tonic, diuretic and demulcent to help support various skin disorders and wounds. It can be used to some extent against kidney and bladder complaints and joint pain, and for stimulating milk flow during breastfeeding. ... *
Vervain, or Verbena, is a bitter tonic, diuretic and demulcent to help support various skin disorders and wounds. It can be used to some extent against kidney and bladder complaints and joint pain, and for stimulating milk flow during breastfeeding. Numerous traditional uses have been recorded, including supporting fever, cough, sore throat, asthma, pain, liver problems and other metabolic disorders. The fresh, flowering herb is used in homeopathy to help support mental exhaustion and epilepsy.
Vervain Verbena officinalis L.
Other Names: Ma bian cao (Chinese); verveine officinelle (French); Eisenkraut (German); verbena commune (Italian); verbena health (Spanish).
Description: Vervain is a weedy perennial herb of up to 1 m in height, with angular stems, widely spaced, unevenly dissected leaves in opposite pairs, and slender, sparsely flowered spikes of small lilac flowers.
Origin: Probably Mediterranean; today widely distributed in Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America. It is wild-harvested in southeastern Europe.
Parts Used: Whole herb (aboveground parts, collected while flowering), known as verbena herb (Verbenae herba).
Preparation and Dosage: An infusion of 1.5 g of the herb in 150 mL water is taken three times per day, or 5 - 10 g in 1 litre water for topical use.
Active Ingredients: The main active principles appear to be iridoid glycosides such as verbenalin, verbenin and hastatoside, that occur at levels of up to 0.5% of dry weight. Caffeic acid derivatives, such as verbascoside (0.8%), are present.
Health Effects: Extracts show antimicrobial, antiviral, immune stimulant, cytotoxic, diuretic, antirussive, secretolytic and anti-inflammatory effects. Iridoid glycosides and the verbascoside or more likely the metabolites formed in the body could be, at least partly, responsible for the observed effects. The emetic iridoids could exert their secretolytic properties in a reflectory way (in the same way as saponins). The bitter taste and tonic (amarum) use in stimulating digestion, are ascribed to the iridoids. Clinical studies are needed to demonstrate the efficacy of the traditional indications.
Notes: vervain, V. hastata is also rich in iridoid glycosides and has been used traditionally to help support colds and catarrhs of the respiratory tract.
Status: Traditional health; Pharm.; Comm. E+.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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