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Vervain
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Verbenaceae
Genus :
Verbena
Species :
officinalis
COMMON NAMES
Herb of the Cross; Pigeon's Grass
USES
Tension and Stress Reliever; Nervous System Strengthener; Antidepressant; Anti-seizure; Anti-hysteria; Treatment for inflammation of gall-bladder and jaundice; Protects against gum disease.
DESCRIPTION
Vervain is a perennial herb growing 1-2 feet tall with thin, stiff, erect stems. The lower leaves are oblong and coarsely toothed, while the upper are slender and lance-shaped. Small lilac-colored flowers have five petals.
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