This month one of my teachers and friends Sarah Furey has submitted a guest post for our blog party on herbal hugs. Being an old Druid at heart, one of Sarah’s favourite herbs is Vervain and here she shares some of the reasons why she loves it.
Pop back tomorrow to read my post for the Herbal Hugs Blog Party and on Thursday when I’ll share links to the posts of everyone who’s entered.
A HERBAL HUG FROM SARAH
My herbal hugs would have to include Vervain (Verbena officinalis), the sacred herb of the Druids who treated it with such reverence that only the chief Druid was allowed to take it from Mother Earth.
I first came across this plant when I was looking for herbs to help patients cope with the stresses of modern day living. It is now my favourite herb for people who have overactive minds and who can’t relax when it combines well with Borage for the adrenals.
It is excellent for anxiety states and tension headaches. As a nerve restorative it works really well alongside Avena. It is a powerful liver herb so works well for people who have trapped emotions – frustration or un-expressed anger.
Sadly it is not easy to find in the wild these days, though I did find some two years ago near Chanctonbury on the side of the Downs. Of all places, I also found it at the top of a mountain village in Northern Spain this September. I think the walking group thought I was crazy I was so ecstatic!
Now I grow it in my garden and have made a tincture for the past two years from the delicate flowering tops. The colour was tinged with a purple hue and for me, that adds to its magic.
Dried, it makes an excellent bedtime tea (as one who’s mind is often over-active!).
The flower essence I have made is for connecting to the Spirit World – of course.