Astringent, digestive tonic, and a diuretic. Nervine, anti-spasmodic, sedative, diaphoretic, hepatic, alterative, galactogogue, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue, thymoleptic, vulnerary, hypotensive, anti-bacterial
Digestion, appetite, stomach aches, tension, insomnia, relaxation, stress, depression, melancholia, influenza, asthma, migraine, nervousness, cough, lactation, dysmenorrhea, jaundice, gout, kidney stones, headaches
Do not drink during pregnancy, although with professional herbalists oversight it may be taken during labour to stimulate contractions.
Vervain is a slender perennial plant with small, pale lilac flowers borne on leafless spikes. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean but it has been naturalized to other parts of the world, including North America. The name “verbenae” was used in Roman times to describe aromatic altar plants. It is also important to distinguish vervain from lemon verbena, which is confusingly sometimes also called vervain. Whilst both plants belong to the wider Verbenaceae family, lemon verbena, Aloysia citrodora, (formerly Lippia ctrodora) is of a different genus.
Vervain is often used for promoting digestive functions as it increases digestive juices, improves absorption and assimilation and promotes bile flow and emulsification of fats. It helps to stimulate the appetite and also relax the stomach when tension is held there, both of which are key for promoting digestion. Vervain is also used to induce sleep, relaxing tension & stress whilst also strengthening the nervous system. It is used to ease depression & melancholy especially after a bout of influenza. It is widely used as a relaxant & antispasmodic remedy in asthma, migraine & nervous cough. Vervain has been used for many other conditions, including stimulation of lactation and treatment of dysmenorrhea, jaundice, gout, kidney stones, and headache.
Do not drink during pregnancy, although it may be taken during labour to stimulate contractions but do not use when pregnant without first seeking a professional herbalists advice.
One of the best medical articles we’ve found about the vervain plant is here.