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Vervain – Herbal Remedy

Vervain herb
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Vervain (Verbena officinalis)

Vervain is used as a substitute for aspirin along with white willow bark. It contains aspirin-like compounds. It has all the benefits of aspirin, but with none of the nasty upset stomach side-effects.

Traditionally used for magic and sorcery by the Celtic and Germanic people of Europe. The Greeks thought it sacred, hence its other name “herba sacra”.


Small perennial with lilac flowers. 

Parts used

The whole plant is usually harvested in July before flowering. 


Tonic, astringent, diuretic, diaphoretic, galactagogue, emmenagogue, vulnerary, antispasmodic.

Sedative: Mild but effective. Administered as a tea.

Depression: Often combined with skullcap or oats.

Liver / gallbladder: Jaundice and hepatitis benefits from treatment using this herb.

Other uses: As a mouthwash for infected gums.


Glycosides, alkaloids, bitter principle, volatile oil and tannin.


Do not use if pregnant.

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