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Blue Vervain

January 06, 2021

Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain

Verbena  hastata

Family:  Verbenaceae

Part used:  Flowers, leaves

Energetics:  Bitter, acrid, cooling, drying

Actions:  Antispasmodic, anxiolytic, bitter, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine

Blue vervain is a great herb  to add to any garden. When we moved  to  the  farm,  I  found  a  couple  of  plants  growing  wild along  the  stream.  I  loved  that  so  much.  I  like  to  use  blue vervain  for  nervous  system  issues  such  as  anxiety,  especially associated  with  PMS  and  menopause  and  it  can  also  be used  for  spasms  and  tics.  As  a  diaphoretic,  it’s  been  used for  relieving  fevers  and  other  flu  symptoms,  such  as  aching muscles.

Contraindications:  Avoid use  during  pregnancy;  excessive  use may cause nausea.





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