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Native to the Americas, the Mediterranean region and the Near East, there are over 350 known natural and artificial hybrids of Blue Vervain in cultivation and the wild. Blue Vervain flowers from June through September and can be found growing in grassy fields, low open woodlands, stream banks, gardens, and along roadsides, reaching a height of 3-4 feet at full maturity.
The Dakota word for Blue Vervain translates to “Medicine”, and the Omaha and Ponca word for Blue Vervain translate to “Herb medicine.” From this we can deduce that Blue Vervain was well known to Native American tribes and a valuable member of their “materia medicas”. The name Verbena means “altar plant”, and it was used as an altar herb by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. Vervain was also carried during peace negotiations in ancient Rome, and it was said that if enemies shared a tea made from this plant, they would become friends. According to Matthew Wood, Blue Vervain was popular during the Revolutionary War. It was used for intermittent chills and fever and was found to be useful in cases when sweating needed to be induced.
The energetics and flavour of Blue Vervain are slightly cooling, drying, relaxing, acrid and bitter. This plant has an affinity towards the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, liver, gallbladder, digestive system, urinary tract, female reproductive system and heart. Combine Blue Vervain with Vitex Berries, Black Cohosh or Motherwort for the female reproductive system and to support menopause. Combine Blue Vervain with California Poppy, Lemon balm or Oatseed to support the nervous system and anxiety disorders. For digestion combine Blue Vervain with Chamomile, Hops or Ginger.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Blue Vervain to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
Patients with known allergy/hypersensitivity to the Verbena (Verbenaceae) family or any Blue Vervain constituents, or to members of the Verbenaceae family, should avoid using this botanical agent.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary