Blue Vervain: Amazing Benefits & Uses

Wildcrafting our farm is just as important as what we purposefully plant here. Every year it seems God gifts us with another amazing herb for us to learn about and cultivate. This year’s gift is the amazing Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata).

Herbal medicine never ceases to amaze us with its incredible healing properties. Blue vervain is quite special in this arena. This versatile herb has been used for centuries for its wide range of medicinal and therapeutic benefits. As a native herb to North America, indigenous cultures have used Blue Vervain for struggles with headaches, fevers, digestive problems, and as a tonic for overall health.

Medicinal Properties

  1. Nervine: Calming effects on the nervous system. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and nervous tension.
  2. Digestive Tonic: Stimulates the production of digestive juices, which can assist with better digestion and alleviate issues such as indigestion, bloating, and cramps.
  3. Diaphoretic: Can induce sweating. This property can be beneficial during fevers, as sweating can help cool the body and encourage the natural healing process.
  4. Antispasmodic: Helps to relieve muscle spasms and cramps. It can be very useful for menstrual cramps, muscle tension, and respiratory conditions that cause spasmodic coughing.
  5. Immunomodulating: The compounds can help support and balance the immune system. In those with a suppressed immune system, it can help to strengthen it. In those with conditions that cause a “hyperactive” immune system, like those with autoimmune disease, it can help to regulate it.
  6. Anti-inflammatory: Can help reduce inflammation and related symptoms. It may be helpful in managing conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, headaches, and migraines.
  7. Galactagogue: Blue Vervain can help promote lactation and increase milk production in breastfeeding women.
  8. Antioxidant: Rich in antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. These antioxidants contribute to overall health and wellness.
  9. Sedative: Mild sedative properties that can help induce relaxation and promote restful sleep.

Blue Vervain for Women’s Health

This herb has been made popular for its use in women’s health. It can help with regulating menstrual cycles, relieving menstrual cramps, and easing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Additionally, it can help minimize menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings.

Blue Vervain for ADHD

One of the most challenging symptoms for those living with ADHD is the constant racing thoughts that comes with constantly trying to focus on everything around you at the same time. It’s an excellent herb to use in ADHD protocols for its ability to calm the mind chatter that comes along with this disorder. We find it particularly useful to calm the mind during bedtime, when a racing mind can really interfere with adequate sleep.

Blue Vervain for Work Stress

Blue Vervain’s nervine and sedative properties are particularly helpful for work and school stress because they help to regulate the nervous system. During times of stress, burnout, writer’s block, when anxieties are high, and deadlines are approaching, Blue Vervain is the herb I use to help keep my nerves calm and my mind clear.

blue vervain plant with small purple flowers

Ways to Use Blue Vervain

  1. Infusion: Place 1 tsp of Blue Vervain leaves in boiled water for 10-15 minutes, then strain and enjoy a cup of soothing tea. It’s best to mix with Lemon Balm to improve the flavor and boost nervine effects.
  2. Tincture: Offers a concentrated form of the herb. Be sure to start at the lowest dose, and follow the recommended dosage instructions as needed.
  3. Topical Applications: Can be used combined with other herbs in a salve externally to alleviate muscle soreness, joint pain, or skin irritations.

Cautions & Warnings

While Blue Vervain is generally safe for most people, you should always consult with your healthcare professional, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and those on blood thinners should also exercise caution and consult their healthcare provider before using Blue Vervain.

To watch how I make Blue Vervain tincture click the link.

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