Verbena (Verbena officinalis) is a herbaceous perennial, completely odorless, found on European and Asian paths and which has been known and used since Antiquity for its health benefits and virtues.
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Verbena and its health benefits
Long considered a magic plant with supernatural powers (hence its nickname, "wizarding weed"), verbena is now mainly used for its soothing properties and its effective action on digestive system.
- Thanks to its action on digestive juices, the verbena infusion (30 g of plant per liter of boiling water) is aperitif and digestive. Effective against difficult digestions, stomach aches and diarrhea, it also fights against drowsiness resulting from poor digestion.
- Anti-inflammatory and analgesic, verbena is effective against headache, therheumatic and joint pain.
- Verbena has power soothing and calming. It reduces the stress and theanxiety and makes it easier to fall asleep.
- In mouthwash, verbena treats small wounds and mouth ulcers.
- For external use, a decoction of verbena (50 g of plant per liter of water) is very effective on skin lesions:erythema glutes or sun, crevices, chapped skin and Insect bites. A compress soaked in this decoction also treats sprains, the bruises light andbruises.
Cultivating verbena for its benefits
- Verbena is a hardy plant who likes warm and sunny locations and grows easily in light soil, rather poor but cool in summer.
- The only real enemies of verbena are slugs, formidable in spring!
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Verbena in cooking for its benefits
Verbena is not only consumed in herbal tea for its digestive and soothing properties. You can use the fresh leaves of verbena in the kitchen on your meats and your vegetables, as well as in a marinade or in your desserts, it promotes digestion and sleep.