Verbena (common)

Verbena officinalis

Common verbena

Also known as common vervain, simpler’s joy, wild hyssop or holy herb

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Common verbena is native to Europe and grows all around the world, in meadows and on roadsides. It can be confused with other kinds of vervain; it has a very light scent, contrary to (between others) lemon verbena.


Muscular and nervous tension

Common verbena has a relaxing and antispasmodic effect on nerves and muscles tensions due to stress, in particular in the shoulders and the neck; it eases headaches caused by stress. In case of chronic stress, drink as an infusion during several weeks. It can also be used as a digestive tonic for chronically difficult digestions caused by stress: take diluted tincture before the meal.

Verbena also decreases hot flushes with nervous and muscular tensions – it regulates the sweating and has a cooling effect.

Drink as an infusion or a tincture.


Infusion: 3 to 4 g. of fresh leaves per cup, up to 3 times a day. Can be combined for example with lemon balm or German chamomile for stress (to cover the bitter taste), or other bitter plants like motherwort for hot flushes.

Tincture: 30 to 90 drops, up to 4 times a day.


Contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

Common verbena
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