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Blue vervain is an herb belonging to the Verbenaceae family of plants, being closesly related to Verbana officianalis, or the common vervain, of which the two are often used interchangeably, both making excellent nervine sedatives and tonics to help quell anxiety.
β-sitosterol, ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, 3-epiursolic acid, 3-epioleanolic acid and minor triterpenoids of derivatives of ursolic acid and oleanolic acids. Iridoid glucosides (verbenalin and hastatoside), a phenylpropanoid glycoside, verbascoside and β-sitosterol-D-glucoside, verbenol, apigenin, 4'-hydroxywogonin, verbenalin, and hastatoside and aucubin.
Cut and sifted foliage
Blue vervain is best steeped in boiled water, or at most lightly steeped. The actives are heat sensitive and will degrade with continued exposure to high heat, so please brew this herb gently. Recommended dosage is 1-2 teaspoons as many times as needed daily.
Blue vervain is a popular tool for many herbalists, used to calm the body and mind, reduce anxiety and nervous tension, and to lift the spirits. Blue vervain has found modern use as a companion plant to Entheogens in certain Native American shamanism ceremonies, and the herb is believed to function as an oneirogen, or dream enhancer, as well as a sleep inducer and general sedative.
Blue vervain should not be used while pregnant. It may increase the effects of sedative medications.
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