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Vervain

December 2017 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park, www.chakrapark.com.au

Biological name: Verbena Officialis

Parts used: Aerial parts

Contains: Alkaloids, bitters, citral, geranoil, glycosides, iridiods, limonene, minerals, mucilage, phosphates, saponins, tannins, verbenin, verbenalin and volatile oils.

Reported actions: Antimutagen, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, promotes bile secretion, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive stimulant, diuretic, emmenagogue, improves the absorption of food, galactagogue, hepatic, immuno-stimulant, laxative (gentle), liver restorative and stimulant, nerve tonic, nervine, balances nervous system, restores parasympathetic nervous system, purgative (mild), relaxant, sedative (mild), promotes sweating, thymolytic, tonic and uterine stimulant.