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Verbena is a medicinal plant with colorful flowers, also known as urgebão or iron herb that, in addition to being great for decoration, can also be used as a medicinal plant to treat anxiety and stress, for example.
Its scientific name is Verbena officinalis L. and it can be purchased at he alth food stores. In addition, Verbena can also be easily grown and maintained in the home garden. For this, it is necessary to plant the seeds of the plant, 20 cm underground, and about 30 or 40 cm away from other plants, so that it has room to grow. It is also important to water the plant every day, in order to keep the soil very moist.
What is it for
Verbena is used to help treat gallstones, fever, anxiety, stress, insomnia, restlessness, acne, liver infections, asthma, bronchitis, kidney stones, arthritis, digestive disorders, dysmenorrhea, lack of appetite, ulcer, tachycardia, rheumatism, burn, conjunctivitis, pharyngitis and stomatitis.
Verbena's properties include its relaxing, milk-stimulating, sweating, sedative, calming, antispasmodic, liver-restoring, laxative, uterine stimulant and cholagogue action.
How to use
The parts used of Verbena are the leaves, roots and flowers and the plant can be used as follows:
- Tea for sleep problems: Add 50 g of Verbena leaves to 1 liter of boiling water. Cover the container for 10 minutes. Drink several times throughout the day;
- Conjunctivitis wash: Add 2 g of Verbena leaves in 200 ml of water and wash the eyes;
- Arthritis Poultice: Cook the Verbena leaves and flowers and, after cooling, place the solution on a tissue and apply it to painful joints.
In addition to home remedies prepared at home, you can also use creams or ointments already prepared with verbena in the composition.
Possible side effects
The side effects that can occur with the use of Verbena are vomiting.
Who should not use
Verbena should not be used during pregnancy. Find out which teas can be used during pregnancy.