The ancient Romans held vervain in high regard and used this ‘sacred’ herb to sanitize their homes. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. The root of vervain was chewed by people with a view to strengthen their teeth and gums.
The Egyptians had dedicated the herb to their Goddess of birth Isis. Vervain has also been regarded as a sacred herb that was used during ceremonies of different Western religions. The Druids or priests in the ancient Celtic religion regarded the herb as sacred as the mistletoe, a parasitic evergreen bush used as a decoration during Yule.
Vervain, scientifically known as Verbena Officinalis, was brought from Europe to North America by the Puritans. Currently, the herb is common in North America like the continent’s native species American Verbena.
Some exciting uses of Vervain:
- enhances the lactation
- induces menstruation cycles
- vervain is known to invigorate the contraction of uterine muscles during labor and hence herbalists suggest that it is best to avoid using the herb during pregnancy
- however, vervain may be used during labor as it makes child birth easier
- vervain has substantial amount of tannins that makes it an effective astringent and useful as a mouthwash to treat bleeding gums and mouth ulcers
- remedies prepared with the herb are also used effectively to treat sores and wounds
- lotions or ointments prepared with vervain act as valuable medication for insect bites and skin disorders.
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