Botanical Name: Verbena officinalis
- English: Vervain
- Unani: Saal-ul-hamaam, Faristariun
- Also, known as: Pigeon’s Grass, Verveine, Herb of Grace, Eisenkraut, Karenta, Pamukh, Verbena, American Vervain, Common Vervain, False Vervain, Hastateleaf Vervain, Herb of Grace, Herbe Sacree, Indian Hyssop, Ironweed, Purvain, Purvane, Simpler’s Joy, Swamp Verbena, Swamp Vervain, Tall Wild Verbena, Vervain, Wild Hyssop, and Wild Vervain.
Parts Used: Leaves and flower tops
Verbena officinalis is a short-lived perennial herb, belongs to family Verbenaceae, commonly known as “Vervian,”. It grows up to height of about 80-90 cm, having lobed and toothed leaves, while flowers are elegant, silky and pale purple in color. Lobed and toothed leaves are arranged oppositely on angular stems. As the plant grows the leaves become smaller and more rounded and arranged oppositely on the stem. Each stem bears a series of tiny pale pink, lilac to light blue flowers starting at the base of the stem and working towards the top. Vervain prefers limey soil and is grown for its powerful herbal properties and lovely appearance. The plant will flower for many months often until the fall frosts.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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