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November 27, 2001


Vervain is very useful in combating the mucosal component of colds. Combined with St. Johnswort, it makes an excellent expecorant tea. There are two types of vervain. The first type is Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) which is found in the US, Canada, and England. The common names for Blue Vervain are: American vervain, false vervain, Indian hyssop, purvain, Simpler's joy, traveler's joy, vervain, and wild hyssop. The second type is European Vervain (Verbena officinalis) which is found in the Mediterranean region. The common names for European Vervain are: Enchanter's plant, herb of the cross, holy herb, juno's tears, pigeon's grass, pigeonweed, simpler's joy, and vervain. [Note: There is also a lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora) that is often mistakenly confused with vervain.]

Blue Vervain acts as an antiperiodic, diaphoretic, emetic, expectorant, tonic, vermifuge, and vulnerary. It has been called a natural tranquilizer and is used as an antiperiodic for nervous problems. The tea is recommended for fevers and colds, especially for getting rid of congestion in the throat and chest. Externally, blue vervain heals sores and wounds.

European Vervain acts as an astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, stimulant, tonic, and vulnerary. The decoction is said to be good for eczema and other skin conditions. It has also been used for whooping cough, dropsy, jaundice, and kidney and liver problems. An infusion or decoction isused to help heal wounds. European Vervain is considered by some to be an aphrodisiac, and it is said to "secure the favor of the ladies." Combines well with scullcap and valerian as a nerve tonic. In the treatment of depression, it may be used with scullcap, oats, and lady's slipper. Used by Chinese herbalists for relief of migrane headaches.

Blue Vervain ~

Infusion: Use 2 teaspoons rootstock or herb with 1 pint boiling water. For a tonic, take 2 to 3 teaspoons, six times a day, cold.

Tincture: Take 10 to 20 drops at a time.

European Vervain ~

Cold Extract: Use 1 tablespoon of the plant with 1 cup water; let stand for 8 to 10 hours. Take 1 cup a day.

Powder: Take 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon three times a day.

Tincture: Take 20 to 40 drops in water, as needed.

Expectorant Tea ~

Combine 3 teaspoonsful of St. John's Wort with an equal amount of Vervain. Bless the herbs and imbue them with healing energies. Pour enough boiling water over the herbs to make approximately 3 mugs of tea. Note: This tea tastes very bitter, you may want to sweeten it with honey. Drink 3 mugs of the tea just before going to bed. You will wake the next morning and expel mucous, but it has been known to completely eradicate the excess mucous of a cold. You may still have a cold, but at least that aspect of the cold may be eliminated.

Strangely enough, the metaphysical properties of Blue Vervain cannot be found in the resources that are currently available. All entries for "Vervain," specify the European Variety.

European Vervain is associated with the planet Venus, and the element of earth. Its magical uses include: aphrodisiac, consecration, creativity, inspiration, knowledge, love, magic, material objects, money, to prevent nightmares, prosperity, protection, success and transformation.

Priests in ancient Rome used vervain to cleanse the altars of Jupiter. Small bundles of vervain were fashioned and the altars were swept with these. According to tradition, daughters of Druids who were intitiated were crowned with vervain; this was a sign of the attained rank. Collect when the sun and moon are NOT seen in the sky. Replace with honeycombs as recompense to earth. Gather it with the left hand at the rise of the dog star.

Vervain is used as magical protection and holy food to produce magical spells. Love philtres made with vervain and mistletoe are used to stir another's heart. It is known as a symbol of peace -- and can be used to end a quarrel. Place at doors and windows for protection. Can be used as a relaxant in psychic work. Hang up on the bed to keep you free of nightmares. It is said that vervain helps soldiers escape their enemies. Bury in your fields to make the crops bountiful and plentiful. Amulets of vervain are sometimes given to babies, for it is said to make its bearer a quick learner. Burn vervain mixed with equal parts of frankincense for a purification incense.

~*~If someone you know has taken something from you, wear vervain and confront the person. You shall surely regain possession of the stolen articles.~*~

Vervain helps to attain a deeper understanding of what happens on the fourth dimension and how you interact on such a level, particularly with energy patterns that are formed on this other dimensional plane before they come into physical existence. Individuals who understand manifestation or who work with creative visualization will benefit by using vervain. When a person chooses to focus fourth dimensional energy, an enhanced compression of energy occurs, even when they are not consciously aware of the process. Vervain assists this process by speeding it up. If vervain is taken with a flower essence or gem elixir, there will be a synergistic influence. Although it compresses fourth dimensional energies, vervain causes a greater relaxation about psychic abilities and less attention and focus on such gifts by the conscious mind. It strengthens these gifts by enabling the conscious mind to not stand in the way of these abilities.

Posted by BlueWolf on November 27, 2001 02:46 PM