Vervain Tea: Benefits & How to Make

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Drinking vervain tea is an excellent way to improve your overall health, particularly your digestive system and toxicity levels.

What is Vervain Tea?

Vervain tea is an herbal tea that is prepared by steeping the leaves and flowers of the vervain plant, which is also known as the blue vervain or verbena plant. Scientifically known as Verbena officinalis, this plant grows throughout Europe, as well as North and South America, but has also been found and used in other parts of the world dating back thousands of years. It is still widely respected and used in natural medicine practice. The flowers of the vervain plant are bluish-purple and it is a perennial plant belonging to the mint family. The taste of this tea is extremely bitter, so it is commonly mixed with other herbs to make a tea or is sweetened with honey.

Vervain Tea Benefits

The top benefits of this tea include its ability to aid digestion, improve mood, support the liver, and reduce inflammation throughout the body, among others. By relaxing the nervous system, this tea can help to lower stress hormone levels and prevent symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is also useful for women around the time of menstruation to soothe symptoms and improve mood. Some people also drink this tea right before bed, as it is known to aid sleep. In terms of digestion, vervain tea can improve nutrient uptake and settle the stomach, while also stimulating urination and increasing the detoxification efforts of the body.

How to Make Vervain Tea?

If you want to make vervain tea, it is best to purchase vervain tea bags, rather than preparing your own dried leaves and flowers from this plant.

  • Step 1 – Bring a saucepan of water to a boil.
  • Step 2 – Add 1 vervain tea bag to a teapot or tea infuser.
  • Step 3 – Pour over the boiling water and allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes.
  • Step 4 – Remove the teabag and add honey, lemon or stevia to improve the flavor, if desired.

Vervain Tea Side Effects

There are some side effects of drinking this tea, such as complications with pregnancy since it can have an impact on your hormone levels. It can also impact the efficacy of other medications, so you should always speak with your doctor before adding this tea to your health regimen. As with any herbal tea, moderation is key to avoid side effects.

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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