DIY Health

Verbena, medicinal plant


The verbena is a tisane (medicinal plant) for the digestion of the dinner that also relieves migraines, nervous tension, and depression.


  • Name: Verbena
  • Scientific name: Verbena officinalis
  • Part used: Aerial parts
  • Main components: Volatile oils (citral inc), bitter iridoids (including verbenin and verbenalin), alkaloids and tannins.
  • Actions: Relaxing tonic, galactagogue, diaphoretic, nervine, sedative, antispasmodic, hepatic restorer, laxative, uterine stimulant, and cholagogue.


The verbena is a dense perennial herbaceous with oval leaves and long stems with flowers of an average extension of 60 cm. Its flowers pale lilac appear at the tips of their ears in summer, just when the plant is harvested. The leaves and stems dry herbal teas are used in digestive and are particularly popular in France.

Considered at one time a cure for everything and sacred to the ancient Greeks, Romans, and druids, verbena is associated with many rituals of folklore and soothsayers also used. Currently, it is a tisane of the most suitable for the digestion of dinner, as well as to relieve headaches, nervous tension, and depression.

How to use it

They take 2-4 ml (40-80 drops) 3 times daily of verbena tincture for nervous exhaustion, stress, anxiety or depression and as a liver stimulant for slow digestions and intoxications or jaundice. Combined with other urinary herbs it is used for stones and for excess uric acid. It is also applied in cream or ointment on eczema, wounds or blisters or to relieve the pain of neuralgia.

In infusion, take 1 cup of standard infusion of the aerial parts 3 times daily as a digestive stimulant, or in case of fever. Take 1 cup at night to fight insomnia. You can also make a flower remedy by diluting 2 drops in 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of water in a dropper bottle. Taking it from time to time relieves mental stress and overexcitation related to insomnia and the inability to relax.

How to grow it

Verbena is a discrete plant in which it is difficult to repair, it grows wild in hedges and dry forest areas, both in its native zone and elsewhere. Cut the aerial parts or proceed to its collection when it is still in flower, in summer.

Warning: Avoid during pregnancy . In excessive doses can cause vomiting.

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