Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)
All Vervain (or Verbena) is naturally caffeine-free. In fact, it is sometimes used for its sedative effects. While vervain, like many other bitter plants, is used as a digestive aid or appetite stimulant, many people find it useful for insomnia. Vervain has also been used for menstrual complaints and by nursing mothers to stimulate the flow of breast milk.
Blue Vervain is edible and medicinal. Vervain had many uses in Native American culture as food and medicine. The seed are edible when roasted and is ground into a powder and used as a Pinole (Indian flour).
The leaves and roots of Blue Vervain are a valuable alternative medicine used as an antidiarrheal, analgesic, anthelmintic, antiperiodic, astringent, diaphoretic, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.
A very strong infusion is emetic. As a medicinal poultice it is good in headache and rheumatism. An infusion of the plant is a good galactagogue (increases breast milk) and used for female obstructions, after pains and taken as a female tonic.
The infusion is used to help pass kidney stones and for infections of the bladder. Used as a sudorific and taken for colds and coughs. Also useful for insomnia and other nervous conditions.
Folklore: Vervain was considered a cure-all and sacred plant, helping to save those of the medieval plagues.
Ref. by Deb Jackson & Karen Bergeron
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
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