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What Is Vervain

What Is Vervain

What Is Vervain

On a side note I wanted to mention that in addition to the fact that I love this brand, it’s based in Brooklyn and I always love a little support in my local shops.Treating infectious diseases has become increasingly challenging because of growing antibiotic resistance. Vervain has long been used to treat upper respiratory and urinary tract infections. It may have antimicrobial effects that could help overcome these challenges. What vervain does appear to do is increase urine output. Increased urination may help prevent the formation of kidney stones. But rather than increasing the amount of water and sodium in the urinary tract the way most diuretics work, vervain increases urine output by irritating the kidneys. This irritation can hurt the kidneys more than help, especially over the long term.One of the bolder claims herbalists make is that vervain may aid in treating colorectal cancer.

Vervain

Vervain is also known as American Blue Vervain and Simpler's Joy. This plant is in the Plant Family Verbenacea, but not to be confused with Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla). These are two different plants only belonging to the same Plant Family. Vervain is indigenous to the United States growing naturally along roadsides and tall grassy fields flowering between June and September. It is a tall (3-4 feet), slender, elegant, perennial plant with opposing leaves which are lobed and serrated in shape and have small purplish-blue flowers. Historically it was listed for use by King's American Dispensatory as, tonic, emetic, expectorant, and sudorific. A Sudorific is a substance that causes or increases sweating. It is a plant that is overlooked by modern herbalists, but one that deserves renewed interest for its versatile influences on numerous systems.Eclectic Physician Dr. John Scudder included Blue Vervain in the classic text: The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898.

The genus can be divided into a diploid North American and a polyploid South American lineage, both with a base chromosome number of seven. The European species is derived from the North American lineage. It seems that verbena as well as the related mock vervains (Glandularia) evolved from the assemblage provisionally treated under the genus name Junellia; both other genera were usually included in the Verbenaceae until the 1990s.Known as a “bitter herb”, Vervain is also a digestive stimulant, improving digestive function by increasing saliva production and promoting both stomach acid and digestive enzyme production. It is an especially good herb to use if your digestive issues are stress related – when we are stressed out our digestion can shut down as it is seen as non essential when we are dealing with a serious threat, and the fight or flight stress response is prioritised. Vervain works by helping to stimulate the appetite and relaxing the stomach when tension is held there. (Source: www.indigo-herbs.co.uk)

 

 

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