Blue Vervain [Verbena hastata]

Vervain, also called Verbena, is a perennial plant with purple-blue flowers.

The two main varieties used medicinally are common vervain (Verbena Officinalis), which is native to Africa and Europe, and blue vervain (also known as wild hyssop) (Verbena hastata), which is native to North America. Although there are minor differences between the two, they are similar in appearance and beneficial properties.

Blue vervain's leaves, roots, and flowers can all be used medicinally and contain plant compounds that have antispasmodic, anti-fever, and diuretic properties.

Both species of vervain have been used for ailments like headaches, fever, coughs, skin wounds or infections, and mood disorders as well as to boost lactation in nursing mothers and to aid with PMS symptoms.

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