Also known as Blue Vervain, Common Verbena, Common Vervain, Enchanter's Plant, European Vervain, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross, Pigeon's Grass, Pigeonweed, Simpler's Joy, Turkey Grass
History: There is nothing overwhelmingly unique about the appearance of Vervain. However, the plant has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb and was even used as ritual plant in Roman temples and homes and as an ingredient in charms, spells, and potions. Over the years Vervain has been used as a remedy for snake and insect bites, diarrhea, bleeding colds, fevers, and skin disorders.
Medicinal actions: Parasympathomimetic, anti-spasmodic, mild analgesic, nervous system tonic, bitter, emmenagogue.
Medicinal use: A digestive tonic that increases secretion of saliva, HCl, pancreatic enzymes, increased bile secretion and gall bladder contractility, and increased intestinal motility. Verbena is a mild choleretic and hepatic stimulant. It is useful in irritated, depressed states. It will tone and strengthen the whole nervous system while relaxing any tension or stress. It can be used to ease depression and melancholia, especially when this follows illness such as influenza.