Eastern Europe/ UK
Product: Vervain Tincture
Latin Name: Verbena officinalis
Plant Family: Verbenaceae
Other Names: Herb of Grace, Herbe Sacrée, Herba Veneris, Common Vervain, Herb of the Cross, Holy Herb, Herb Venus, Simpler's Joy, Eisenkraut, Verveine, Ma Bian Cao, Llysiau'r Hudol, Mercury’s Moist Blood, Tears of Isis, Tears of Juno, Frog-Foot, Pigeon’s Grass & Juno’s Tears.
Description: Our Vervain tincture is an infused alcoholic solution; at a ratio of 1:3 (25% alcohol). Vervain is an herbaceous perennial herb native to Europe and north Africa which can also be found growing in China. It grows to a height of 90-100cm, the plant has woody stalks and light green stems which are square and are tinged red on the edges. The leaves are opposite, lanceolate, mid-green in colour and deeply lobed. The 5-petaled, hermaphrodite flowers are small, pale lilac to white in colour on slender, erect, compact spikes.
Brief History: In older herbals vervain was referred to as Verbena and Sacra Herba, John Gerard in the 16th century wrote that ‘Physitions do give the juice of the decoction hereof to them that have the plague’, he then derided those physicians as being deluded and that they were not administering any treatment at all concluding that there was a belief that ‘the Divell (devil) did reveale it as a secret and divine medicine’. Nicholas Culpeper in his 17th century herbal wrote that vervain ‘helps the yellow jaundice, the dropsy and the gout; it kills and expels worms in the belly, and causes a good colour in the face and body, strengthens as well as corrects the diseases of the stomach, liver, and spleen; helps the cough, wheezings, and shortness of breath, and all the defects of the reins and bladder, expelling the gravel and stone.’
SUGGESTED USEAdd the tincture to compresses and poultices to soothe sores and skin conditions such as eczema, the tincture can also be added to lotions, creams and salves for the skin, and to shampoos for the hair to add shine. No other non-medicinal uses are known for the tincture of this herb.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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