Common Names: Blue Vervain, Common Verbena, Common Vervain, Eisenkraut, Enchanter’s Plant, European Vervain, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross, Herba Verbenae, Holywort, Juno’s Tears, Ma Bian Cao, Pigeon’s Grass, Pigeonweed, Simpler’s Joy, Turkey Grass, Verbenae Herba, Verbena Officinalis, Vervain, Verveine, Yerba de Santa Ana.
Scientific Name: Verbena Hastata L., Verbenaceae, Verbena Family
Common Uses: Sore throat, Asthma, Whooping cough, Chest pain, Abscesses, Burns, Colds, Arthritis, Itching,
*Warnings: Verbena seems to be safe for most people when used in small amounts as part of a combination product containing gentian root, elderflower, sorrel, and cowslip flower (SinuComp, Sinupret). There isn’t enough information to know if verbena is safe when used in medicinal amounts other than as part of the combination product. The combination product can cause digestive system upset and occasionally allergic skin rash.
Origin: Native to the northern United States and Canada, found also in England. Fields, thickets, waste places, in dry hard soils, along roadsides.