verbena officinalis

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vervain

vervain

Blue-violet pencil-like flower clusters pointing upward with thin long pointy leaves. Root and leaf tea used for stomach and bowel issues, diarrhea, astringent, dysentery, expectorant, coughs, whooping cough, gum disease, colds, headaches, migraines, insomnia, ulcers, expelling worms, kidney stones, bladder, gallbladder, rheumatism, depression, stress, increasing breast milk and female wellness. Advisable to soak the seeds in several changes of water first. Indians used roasted ground seeds as flour. Apparently there have been some great results with tumors. Do not take while pregnant. Possible anti-fertility.
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This South American vervain is an expanding weed in some parts of Europe (Verloove, 2011).
This species is another South American vervain that, according to Verloove (2011), has been possibly confused with Verbena bonariensis in southern Europe where the latter is claimed as a naturalised alien.

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