Blue vervain is a perennial plant that has been used for fighting the symptoms of depression. It is also helpful in promoting sound sleep.
Vervain is a popular remedy due to its multiple plant-beneficial compounds. Some of its benefits include antitumor effects, nerve cell protection, anxiety- and convulsion-reducing properties, and antimicrobial activity.
Blue vervain performs best in full sunlight and moist, well-drained, moderately rich soil. Plant blue vervain seeds directly outdoors in late autumn. Cold temperatures break the dormancy of the seeds so they are ready to germinate in spring. Cultivate the soil lightly and remove weeds.
If you are familiar with the herb and know a patch where it grows, make a point, next Summer of watching how bees behave after collecting its nectar. They start to act a little sleepy.
Grown since Antiquity, verbena is attributed with a thousand of health benefits: to relieve migraines, anxiety, tonic of the circulatory system, stomach trouble, rheumatism. But above all it is well-known for its calming effects, to enjoy a small and comfortable moment during a break.
The seeds will be green initially, as will the pods, which is an indicator that the seeds are not ripe. You must wait until the entire pod and much of the stem is brown and dry before the seeds are ready.
There are several ways to dry herbs for use throughout the year. One option is to cut bunches of lemon verbena, tie it together with string or twine, and hang it in a warm dry place with good ventilation. Once the leaves are dry and crackly, strip them from the stems and crumble them with your hands.
When taken by mouth: Lemon verbena is LIKELY SAFE for most people when consumed in amounts found in alcoholic beverages. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken in appropriate amounts as a medicine, short-term. It can cause skin irritation (dermatitis) in some people.
Lemon Verbena is an incredibly versatile herb, appropriate for both sweet and savory dishes. The young leaves are sweet and tender and may be eaten raw in pestos, vinaigrettes and salads. Fresh leaves should be wrapped in damp paper towels and refrigerated.
Pregnancy teas sold in health food stores and in the natural products sections of markets usually include ingredients such as strawberry leaf, lemon grass leaf, nettle leaf, alfalfa, fennel seed, rosehips, and lemon verbena are all safe.
This lemon-scented herb has a number of culinary uses ranging from rich roasts to sweet citrusy desserts and jams. Lemon verbena can be used to make flavorful olive oil-based salad dressings, subtle lemon ice cream, and lemon verbena jelly, as well as season poultry dishes, salsa verde, and soups.
Lemon verbena is used for digestive disorders including indigestion, gas, colic, diarrhea, and constipation. It is also used for agitation, joint pain, trouble sleeping (insomnia), asthma, colds, fever, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, skin conditions, and chills.
What vervain does appear to do is increase urine output, which may, in fact, help prevent the formation of kidney stones.