Vervain herb, powder

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Vervain, also known as "Herb of Grace” and “Herb of the Cross.,” is a flowering perennial native to the Mediterranean and cultivated throughout the world as an aromatic and ornamental plant. The powdered leaf and flower, long used in traditional medicine in various cultures, is typically prepared as tea, although it may also be tinctured. Vervain powder is also an ingredient in various skin care preparations.

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originUnited States
active compoundsIridoid glycosides (verbenalin, verbenosides A and B), flavonoids (luteolin, kaempferol), triterpenoids, citral.
plant part usedaerial parts

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a tightly-sealed container away from direct sunlight and humidity.
appearance & aromaFine green powder without remarkable aroma.
flavor profileVervain powder has a bitter taste. Combine with other herbs to enhance flavor.


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cosmeticAdd vervain powder to soaps for color and texture. Mix with clay in facial masks. Infuse the powder in oil for use in making ointments, salves, lotions and creams.
culinaryInfuse in hot water for “instant” tea. Add the powder to smoothies, soups, stews, eggs, rice and pasta dishes. The powder may also be tinctured.
householdVervain is used to produce a greenish-yellow dye for wool and other textiles.
wellnessEncapsulate as a dietary supplement.
safetyVervain is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, studies using animal models indicate that this herb may stunt weight gain in newborns and decrease bone ossification (hardening), so it should bot be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

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