Found growing wild all over the island of Kauai, Vervain, aka Blue Porterweed has been used by local Hawaiians for centuries. A calming nervine, specifically indicated for "type A" individuals, Vervain helps allay nervousness and anxiety. It can be used internally to combat colds, flu, and cough, and externally for bruises, sprains and damp stagnation. As a digestive bitter, Vervain aids in stimulating digestion and supporting the liver. As it calms the nerves and gently aids recovery from illness, Vervain is great for children and adults alike.
Many herbs have specific affinities for organs but a special one that grows on its own here at Kauai Farmacy addresses more of our mental and emotional states. Heralded by Herbalists of old as “God’s Herbal Gift to Man,” Blue Vervain has long been considered as a cure-all to various plagues and ills. Blue Vervain has also proven itself as an antidote to the fast paced, “hustle at all costs”, energetics of our modern day.
Blue Vervain is perfect for the go go go, hustle, defend, consume, a need to respond to everything type of person. There’s so many demands on our attention these days that people tend to lean towards overwhelm. If you’ve reached that point, that’s where Blue Vervain comes in. In fact when you try it for the first time you may need to sit down as your body lets go with a big sigh of relief.
Blue Vervain is for the tight-necked, over achieving, workaholics who have a hard time asking for help. They are list makers and only feel good when that list has all been crossed off. Sitting still is almost impossible to the typical Blue Vervain personality. A classic trait of the person in need of Blue Vervain is when you see them holding all of their tension in their neck and shoulders and especially indicated for individuals who need to cool down, relax, and reduce irritability.
Blue Vervain is found all over the world with different species claiming different lands but all working towards the same goal; harmony in mind and body. It has the power to release the mental grip we have so tightly held onto when it comes to our thoughts, ideas, and opinions of ourselves and others. It is a catalyst for self growth especially in how we relate to one another and how we carry ourselves in this world. It provides a well from which we can draw energy and vitality by clearing the way of that which no longer serves us.
Blue Vervain is a favorite of Herbalists and is a very tried and true herb that has a long history of use and love associated with it. It is the silver bullet to any home medicine chest. Use it intentionally and with grace and gratitude.
Dose: 3-15 single drops once per day or as needed
- Nervous system support: it will empty out your stress and reduce anxiety.
- Mood improvement: easier to just “let it go”.
- Digestive system support: cools and relaxes.
- Menstrual cycle support: Mitigation of angry PMS, tension & anger during the luteal phase (post ovulation).
- Musculoskeletal tension & holding patterns: releases tight, tense, and rigid muscles.
Lymphatic stagnation, flu and fever support: a strong diaphoretic.
- Clears congestion of throat and chest
- Cleanses the blood
- Effective in eliminating intestinal worms
- Stimulates bile
- Aids digestion
- Protects from liver damage
- Insomnia and sleeping disorders
- Relieves menstrual discomforts
Tinctures are extractions of a single herb that provide a potent and convenient medium for consuming herbal medicine. Our tinctures are made with 100% organic, gluten-free cane sugar alcohol filtered by volcanic rock from the big island of Hawaii.
Ideal for on-the-go and travel scenarios, tinctures require no preparation for consumption. Simply drop the liquid on your tongue or in a glass of water. They can also be used topically to treat affected areas or to be absorbed via our largest organ, the skin.