Vervain was a sacred herb to both Romans and Druids and continued to be associated with magic and fortune-telling until well into the 17th century. Today it is valued as a useful nervine and liver tonic. It is bitter and stimulating for the digestion and makes an ideal tonic in convalescence and when debilitated. Used externally it can ease the pain of neuralgia.
Parts used: Aerial parts
Actions: Relaxant tonic, stimulates milk production, diaphoretic, nervine, sedative, antispasmodic, hepatic restorative, laxative, uterine stimulant, bile stimulant
Used in: Tinctures, infusions, poultices, compresses
Cautions: Avoid in pregnancy, although it can be taken in labour to stimulate contractions