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English: Vervain.

French: Verveine.

From the family of Verbenáceas.

Purifying the blood. Disorders of the liver, spleen and kidneys.

External use: In cataplasms to eruptions of the skin.

In ancient Rome rose to the rank of the verbena plant sacred, so that any pact that was signed was beaten with a branch of verbena to confer the greatest credibility.

Rama verbena with details of their bloom. Historically, this plant has been taken by medicine, the Roman soldiers wore their stalks in the saddlebags to heal any wounds of war. In the Middle Ages was used for the preparation of filters amorous.

ACTIVE: In some places of America is known as herbal spells, probably influenced by the Galicians who made it up there, and for which it was sacred significance. There was a spell to make love for the woman you want (or wanted by man) who was to recite some lines with a bunch of verbena on hand.

FEATURES: It is a perennial plant (lives more than two years) stem slender, erect, which does not reach one meter in height. The leaves have been faced, two by two in each node, more or less deeply lobed. The flowers of lilac color, bloom at the beginning of the summer and autumn. They are grouped to occupy the top of the stems, forming a spike, no petioles.

LOCATION: It is a Mediterranean plant that thrives in many parts of the American continent, in mild climates and not too cold. He lives in grassland and uncultivated land in or beside roads and so on.

ACTIVE: Like many other plants, has tannins, mucilages and saponin. Probably the exceptional medicinal qualities are due to the presence of a glucoside, the verbenalina, part of which disappears in the drying.

Medicinal properties: It is now accepted that time stimulant properties, is useful in rheumatism, and reduce fever.

COLLECTING: We pick the leaves and flowering tops (flowers along with the groups that support them) in late spring or early summer (and autumn, during the second flowering) Using the magic of the festival, there was a tradition of ceremonially collect, which chose the eve of San Juan, at night, for 'fair go' group.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: We used the leaves and flowering tops' in decoction (20 grams per liter of water) It is useful as a restorative tonic in diseases of the liver and kidneys. Against rheumatic pains, is applied with a cloth. On the painful area.

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