The first preparations of verbena, made in industrial way, appeared in the middle of the XIX century and were intended to strengthen the hair structure and enhance their growth. Today, verbena is used as a remedy for many diseases. Decoction or infusion of verbena can be used as tea for migraines and headaches of various origins, with some diseases of stomach and bowel dysfunction, to reduce body temperature. Lotion of verbena has healing effect in the treatment of extensive wound surfaces, removes swelling and itching of insect stings. Verbena tea is used to improve the general condition and good, deep sleep. In addition, this tea has a beneficial effect for a woman's cycle, helps with many women's ailments. In cosmetics, extracts of verbena is used to make lotions and ointments, serving a wonderful remedy to soreness and redness of the skin; it is also used in the form of rinses to strengthen hair. Verbena was widely used as a therapeutic tool even in prehistoric times. Decoctions of this herb was used as an effective treatment sclerosis, liver disease, spleen, thrombosis. Verbena tea was used at a fever caused by colds or influenza. It treated all sorts of skin diseases: various rashes, boils, scrofula, and scabies. Crushed leaves of the plant was applied to non-healing wounds and bruises. The root was used to treat scrofula and ulcers. Verbena was also used as a patch. It increased mental activity.
Myths and Legends:
Verbena ... How often in old books, you can find the name of this plant. Just the name of this plant reveals the smell of dried flowers and aroma of gone times. What are the secrets connected with this humble flower? Druids revered verbena, because it resembled the oak, the sacred tree of the Druids. Druids priests worshiped verbena and were convinced that it cures all illnesses. They made magic and secret drinks out of this plant. The Druids believed that verbena builds up the flame of love, reconciles enemies, removes bad spirits. If you put it in the house, garden or field - you will only gain. Druids gathered verbena at the time of sunrise, within the first few minutes of sunrise, when the feet were buried in the dew. The belief that verbena is a sacred and magical herb is a very ancient faith. In ancient scandinavian mythology it was a sacred grass called Torah, in ancient Persia - grass of Sun. Ancient greeks and romans also considered it a sacred plant. Verbena was dedicated to Mars and Venus, and verbena wreath symbolized the marriage, protected against conspiracies and spells, cleaned houses and temples. The clergy of ancient Rome used it to purify the altars of the temple of Jupiter. The Celtics used this plant in magic spells and charms. The Iranians believed that verbena made desires come true. The first Christians called verbena "grass of Christ," as the blood of crucified Christ was poured on it. Its juice was able to harden the iron while forging weapons. Ghosts and evil spirits ran away from it. Lucky man who had verbena with him, was invulnerable in battle, sword could not harm him. Pliniy the Elder wrote that the Gauls sprinkled the rooms where the feasts took place with verbena to make the feast more pleasant. Verbena was a grass of peace. The ambassadors carried it when going to negotiate with the enemy, holding it in the arms during negotiations. Wizards believed that if you rub the body with it, then you'll get what you want. With its help people got rid of fever, made friends, healed all diseases, cleaned the houses and farms with all the buildings from evil spirits. According to Christian legend, it was first found on Calvary at the foot of the Cross and was used to stop the blood from the wounds of the Savior. And as verbena was applied to the wounds of Christ on Calvary, it is impossible to tear it without Sign of the Cross. For this reason it was sometimes called the "holy herb" as it warded off every kind of evil, stopped bleeding and healed deep wounds. Verbena is one of 12 magical plants of Rosicrucians. As love grass verbena helps against anger, extinguishes the emotions, brings in a cheerful mood. Verbena was actively used in the alchemical practice as a sign of cosmic substance. Albert the Great thought that verbena brings home a profit. The heads of singers and poets were crowned with wreaths of verbena. There was a belief that verbena helped the soldiers to escape from captivity. However, some of the magical properties of verbena, which blooms purple, pink or white flowers, modern medicine does not confirm. Recipe: 1 liter of dry grass infuse for 2 hours, then strain. Take 100 ml 2-3 times a day against physical fatigue, exhaustion, weakness.