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Vervain  Verbena officinalis




---Synonyms--- Vervain, Wild Hyssop, Simpler's Joy,  blue vervain, false vervain, traveler's joy, Indian hyssop, purvain

--Parts Used--- Aerial parts

Active Compounds:

Iridoids, verbenin, verbenalin and bastatoside

Miscellaneous; essential oil, mucilage and others

-Medicinal Actions and Uses---

Nervine tonic, sedative, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, hypotensive, galactagogue, hepatic, tonic, sudorific, expectorant, vulnerary, emetic, emmenagogue, vermifuge.

Vervain strengthens the nervous system while relaxing any tension and stress. It can be used to ease depression and melancholia, especially when this follows illness such as influenza. It is also used in seizure and hysteria. As a diaphoretic it can be used in the early stages of fevers. As a hepatic remedy it is of help in inflammation of the gall-bladder and jaundice. It may be used as a mouthwash against caries and gum disease.