Alkaline Herb Healing
What is Blue Vervain?
Blue vervain (Verbena officinalis) comes from the Mediterranean region and it belongs to the Verbenaceae (vervain) family. The Romans considered it a “sacred plant” and used it to purify their homes and temples. The plant contains volatile oils including citral, tannins, alkaloids, bitter glycocides and mucilage all of which give the plant its medicinal benefits. Studies have shown that Verbena officinalis possesses both antibacterial and antimicrobial abilities. Something that is antibacterial can kill bacteria or prevent the development of bacteria while antimicrobial means that a substance can kill and prevent the spread of bacteria as well as fungi and certain viruses. 
Traditionally, Blue Vervain has been used to treat chest, congestion, colds, bronchitis, sore throats and respiratory inflammation. Blue vervain acts as an , helping to expel mucus and phlegm that have accumulated in the respiratory tracts. It also eliminates irritation and sore joints and rheumatism and arthritis. Blue Vervain contains organic compounds that can numb certain areas and stop pain from registering in those nerves. That and its anti- properties add the cherry on top to reduce swelling and inflammation. This is great when you have conditions like gout or arthritis or any inflammation in the system.
• Nervous disorders
• Chronic anxiety
• Stress and sleeplessness
• Balance hormone levels
• As a powerful analgesic, it helps with kidney stones and arthritic pain.
• Diuretic (expectorant actions)
• Bile stimulating and liver restorative actions
• Soothe the nervous system
• Detoxify the body
• Reduce depression
• Protect the immune system
There are not many reports of side effects from blue vervain or verbena supplements, but upset stomachs occasionally occur. Also, when used in larger concentrations, such as in medicinal supplements, mild skin rashes may also appear. As with any herbal remedy, it can interact with certain medications and other treatments, so it is always wise to speak with a doctor before adding it to your regimen.