VERVAIN: “Joy of a Healer”
Laxative, Pain & Inflammatory Reliever
Also Known As: Blue Vervain, Enchanter’s Herb, Herb-of-the-Cross, Indian Hyssop, Simpler’s Joy and Verbena
Healing herbs were often called simples and herbalists simplers. Vervain was prescribed a lot for so many conditions, it was known as simpler’s joy. Vervain acts as a mild aspirin, helping to relieve minor aches, pains and inflammation.
Boil water and add 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup, steeping for 10 to 15 minutes. Taste will be bitter. Mask with sugar honey and lemon or with an herbal beverage tea. Drink up to 3 cups a day.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Vervain grows very easily from seeds that are planted in the spring after frosting season has passed. This herb self-sows in moist loamy, rich soil under full sun. Harvest the flower tops and leaves as the plant flowers. The vervain plant is short-lived.
European animal studies show that vervain depresses the heart rate, constricts bronchial passages, and stimulates the uterus and intestines. Sufferers with congestive heart failure, asthmatics and pregnant women should refrain from using vervain.