Verbena has been used as a medicinal herb since antiquity. The scientific name for Common Vervain refers to the ancient Roman term Verbena, which was used for any sacrificial herb considered very powerful. Officinalis is Latin term meaning "used in medicine or herbalism." Vervain, administered in a tea was reputed to help treat nervous problems and insomnia.
The herb, also described as an aphrodisiac, was said to “secure the favor of the ladies”. It is of very old usage as a digestive and sedative nightcap.
Common Vervain has also been associated with Chinese medicine. The Pawnee Native Americans used Vervain to improve their dreams. Verbena is known as an herb of inspiration long used by poets and writers.
Verbena officinalis is a nice addition to any Herb Garden.
Herb Type: Verbena is a blooming annual or perennial herb that possesses a long bloom season plus heat tolerance. Flower color ranges across the spectrum from white to pink, red, lavender, blue and purple. Trim back verbena once or twice in mid summer to cause blooming from spring until just before the first fall frost!
Perennial Verbena such as Lemon Verbena can be short lived, but their vigor and heavy flowering make up for lack of longevity. Plan to replace them after two or three years. Most of the perennial verbenas are well adapted to growing in higher heat and humidity.
Annual Verbena is popular because the verbena flowers quickly its first season in the herb garden. Annual verbenas raised from seed do poorly in the hot, humid summer climates of the south and Midwest. Caution is advised because some species of verbena plants may reseed and grow in your herb garden, becoming an unwanted pest.
Verbenas vary considerably in size: The ground-skimming and trailing verbena may reach 1 foot or less in height and spread from 2 to 5 feet wide. Verbena rigida, also known as Sandpaper verbena, only reaches 12 to 24 inches tall, while Verbena bonariensis can reach a height of 5 feet tall, and only a few feet in width.
Stem cuttings seem to be the best method of propagating Verbena.
If the verbena flowers fade in mid-season, trim the herb back 25% to stimulate new growth. An application of a good general-purpose fertilizer will stimulate a fresh bloom within 2 to 3 weeks.
Vervain can be crushed or chopped and added to boiling water which in turn makes tea. The tea has been used as an herbal medicine for insomnia and for "typical daytime ailments." It looks to me as though, through the years Verbena tea or Vervain tea has been used as Aspirin has been used in more modern times.
As with any recipe for an herbal medicine, the tea should be taken at your own risk. This Publisher is not recommending the use of Verbena or Vervain tea although my thoughts are that it is probably as safe, or safer than what we take now for the same ailments.
Allow to steep for 20 minutes, use hot water only, not yet boiling.
Boiling water will destroy the beneficial active ingredient in the Verbena. Strain and then drink 20 minutes before bedtime.
Mix the herbs all and add to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 8 minutes, strain and sip.
Pour 2 cups boiling water over the mix of herbs. Steep for 10 minutes and strain and then drink.