Lifestyle & Health: The benefits of Verbena

September 20, 2016

Michele is a reader from Montego Bay. She likes when Check Up does herbal reviews and has asked for information on vervain, also known of verbena.

Vervain or verbena is an annual flowering plant which is native to Europe, the USA and South America. It is a relative to the mint family. Vervain has many medical uses and is used for treatment in a variety of conditions. Among its uses are:

- Improving digestion and resolving issues such as bloating, nausea, flatulence and diarrhoea. Drink a cup as a tea daily.

- Relaxes the nervous system and helps lessen headaches, migraine headaches and reduces feelings of stress and anxiety. Promotes sleep. Drink near bedtime.

- Stimulation of milk production in breastfeeding women.

- Used for detoxification.

- Lessens symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

- Anti-inflammatory effects assist in lessening arthritic pain.

- Improves diseases of the respiratory tract.

- Reduces symptoms of menopause and helps with irregular menstruation.

- Can be applied topically to the joints to lessen arthritic pain.

- Natural analgesic (painkiller)

Vervain teabags are available at some herbal outlets. The teabag is steeped in hot water for 3-5 minutes and lemon, sugar or honey added to taste.

It is safe to consume with very few side effects, however, if used excessively, vomiting and dehydration can be triggered. It is not safe for use in early pregnancy as it can sometimes induce uterine contractions.

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