Relaxant-Tranquility. Blue Vervain is a common wild-growing plant in the eastern and central parts of the United States. The leaves and roots of Blue Vervain are a valuable alternative medicine used in homeopathy for insomnia, epilepsy, and other nervous conditions. It has a bitter taste and a cooling energy. As with many herbs with blue or purple flowers, it has a calming action on the nerves. It also has antispasmodic, diaphoretic, astringent, and expectorant properties. It may be used as a bitter to improve liver function and digestion and also as a galactagogue to improve milk production for nursing.

Native Americans used the leaves as tea as a “female tonic.” The active principles in blue vervain include glycosides, analkaloid, volatile oil, tannin and a bitter principle. Valerian is a plant found throughout Europe and Northern Asia. In the middle ages, the root was used not only as a medicine but also as a spice, and even as a perfume. Valerian is a powerful nervine and antispasmodic. It has a remarkable influence on the cerebro-spinal system, and is used as a sedative to the higher nerve center in conditions of nervous unrest. It allays pain and promotes sleep. It is of especial use and benefit to those suffering from nervous overstrain, as it possesses none of the after-effects produced by narcotics.


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