One of my favorite things to work with for stress, anxiety, depression, and negative mood cycles is vervain herbal tea. There’s such a profound ability within this beautiful herb to help break the patterns that lead to stress in all its many manifestations, and it does its work with gentleness and adaptability. Vervain, also known as ‘blue vervain’, is one of my personal go-to herbal teas along with skullcap to deal with the epidemic of stress, anxiety, and depression in the modern day. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the power of this medicinal herb and show you how you can use it in your own life to overcome everything from everyday stress to irritability and locked mood patterns.
The Healing Properties Of Vervain Herbal Tea
As mentioned above, vervain is one of my personal favorites for all things stress and strain. This herb is gentle, but it goes deep. Many people experience a sense of intuitive relief from the first sip, and deeper more profound relief within just a few days of use. Vervain has a pretty colorful history that spans many locations and some pretty important historical figures. If you’re interested in herbal lore, this isa great one to explore!
In the modern world anxiety seems to be an illness that everyone just has to live with. Very few people these days don’t experience bouts of anxiety that interfere with life in some way or another. Just in case you’ve forgotten, anxiety is not necessary! Stress is important for growth and feedback, but anxiety is illness.
Vervain herbal tea is a deeply penetrating nervine that soothes and sedates the nervous system without narcotic or woozy side effects. I am extremely sensitive to herbs that cause stupor, and I use this one all the time in small quantities with great success as part of a larger anxiety and stress-relief blend.
Vervain doesn’t just calm your nervous system down, it also helps tonify and toughen your nervous system so that over time the things that get to you now will just pass you by without notice. It’s kind of like strength training for your nerves!
Even though vervain herbal tea is a sedative and nervine, it actually has the ability to life depression and its many symptoms. From the heaviness of sadness cycles to feeling stuck and lethargic, blue vervain actually lifts the blues and replaces them with a sense of calm comfort.
Many times irritability, mood swings, and reactivity accompany long term bouts of anxiety, stress, and depression. Mood issues can impact the relationships that help heal you and can leave you feeling alienated and disconnected. Vervain herbal tea can help soothe the mood and balance out emotions so that you don’t bite back when things get tough. This is a great herb to add in small quantities to any mood support blend.
How To Make Vervain Herbal Tea
When it comes to vervain, less is more. I never use blue vervain on its own and tend to add a small amount of it to larger blends to get its positive healing benefits. While this herb is gentle and easy to work with, it can tighten up the respiratory system and lead to fatigue if used in large quantities.
Since the whole plant is used when making vervain herbal tea, you can steep it for anywhere from 6 to 10 minutes safely. In a blend of other leaves and flowers, stay around the 8 minute marker to avoid bitterness.
Here are some great herbs you can use in blends that help vervain perform its calming and uplifting properties…
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Verbena
- Passion Flower
- Oat Straw
- St. John’s Wort
- Rose Hips