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Blue Vervain, Verbena hastata, Verbenaceae

Blue vervain is a member of the Vervain family that grows in open areas in the northeast and produces tall purple spikes of flowers during the summer. It is an intense bitter that when used in low doses is useful for a number of conditions. It contains bitters, tannins, saponins, volatile oils and iridoid glycosides.

Herbalist Matthew Wood describes several specific uses for blue vervain and for the type of constitutions it is helpful for. Blue vervain is good for people who are very intense, who have impossibly high standards for themselves and that don’t have the strength to sustain this high level of activity that they demand of themselves.

Blue vervain is also useful for women with menopausal night sweats and hot flashes, especially for women who fit the above description. Another indication suggesting that blue vervain would be of use is stiffness in the neck.

The flowering tops are gathered in the summer and tinctured fresh in alcohol or dried for use as an infusion. Matthew Wood suggests a small dose of 1-3 drops, 1-3 times/day.

Contraindications: None.



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