Vervain (Verbena officinalis) is a flowering plant in the verbena herb family.
Also Known As
Vervain is also called:
- American blue verbena
- Simpler’s joy
- Holy herb
- Mosquito plant
Vervain regained popularly in the 1930s as one of the 38 flowering plants used in a homeopathic tincture called Bach Flower Remedy, variations of which are still sold today. Among its purported benefits, people use vervain to treat:
- General aches and pain
- Digestive dysfunction
- Upper respiratory tract symptoms
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Depression and anxiety
vervain essential oil was tested against two fungi and seven bacteria. It inhibited the growth of all microorganisms in a dose-dependent manner — meaning that the higher the dose, the higher the antimicrobial effect
Vervain is a popular remedy due to its multiple plant-beneficial compounds. Some of its benefits include antitumor effects, nerve cell protection, anxiety- and convulsion-reducing properties, and antimicrobial activity.