Verbena is a tonic for the body and has antispasmodic properties, for this reason it is very helpful in case of insomnia, anxiety and stress. In addition to this, verbena has also febrifuge properties, speeds up the healing process of wounds, burns, sunburns and infections and it is used in case of rheumatism and joint pain. Thanks to its astringent effect verbena is very useful in case of colitis and diarrhea and thanks to anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties this plant is useful to treat symptoms associated to cavities, inflammations of the gums, inflammations of tonsils and migraines. Finally, verbena has diuretic and detox effects. Thanks to these properties verbena is useful in case of water retention and to purify the liver and the kidneys. Let’s see how to use verbena:
Herbal tea to drink
Prepare a herbal tea by adding one tablespoon of dried verbena in a cup of water, leave to brew for 10 minutes, then strain and drink up to two cups a day.
Compresses and gargles
Prepare a decoction by boiling in one liter of water one handful and a half of verbena for some minutes. Filter and when it is warm, not hot, apply on the wounds, the burns on the skin, bruises or use it to gargle in case of inflammations of the mouth or of the tonsils. In case of migraines you can relieve the pain by soaking a gauze in this decoction and apply on the part.
For a relaxing foot bath prepare a decoction by boiling a handful and a half of verbena in one liter of water.