Common Verbena, Common Vervain, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross,
People Use This For:
Verbena is used for sore throats. Verbena is also used orally for
depression, melancholia, and convalescence after fevers. It is
also used for pain, spasms, exhaustion, nervous conditions,
digestive disorders, liver and gallbladder diseases. Other uses
include menopausal complaints, irregular menstruation,
No concerns regarding safety when used orally in amounts commonly
found in foods. Verbena has Generally Recognized As Safe status
(GRAS) for use in foods in the US.88
Pregnancy and Lactation: Refer to a Medical Herbalist.
Sinusitis. Taking verbena orally in combination with gentian
root, elderflower, cowslip flower, and sorrel (SinuComp,
Sinupret) is effective for treating acute or chronic sinusitis.
Clinical studies have used Sinupret.89,90
Mechanism of Action:
The applicable parts of verbena are the above ground parts.
Verbena contains verbascoside (acetoside), verbenalin,
beta-sitosterol, ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, citral, and other
constituents.91,92 Preliminary research suggests
verbena might have anti-inflammatory and weak antimicrobial
activity.93,91 Other preliminary research suggests
constituent verbascoside has analgesic, sedative effects,
antioxidant, and hepatoprotective effects.94,95,96
Verbena appears to have low toxicity.R2 pp.442
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
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Interactions with Foods:
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Dr Clare’s Blends: Dose 455mgs per day. 1.5mls 1:3 Tincture.
Dried Herb 2-4gms per day.R2 pp.442
Specific References: VERBENA
88. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
Office of Premarket Approval, EAFUS: A food additive database.
Available at: vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/eafus.html.
89. Neubauer N, Marz RW. Placebo-controlled, randomized,
double-blind, clincal trial with Sinupret sugar coated tablets on
the basis of a therapy with antibiotics and decongestant nasal
drops in acute sinusitis. Phytomedicine 1994;1:177-81.
90. Marz RW, Ismail C, Popp MA. Action profile and efficacy
of a herbal combination preparation for the treatment of
sinusitis. Wien Med Wochenschr 1999;149:202-8.
91. Deepak M, Handa SS. Antiinflammatory activity and
chemical composition of extracts of Verbena officinalis.
Phytother Res 2000;14:463-5.
92. Dudai N, Weinstein Y, Krup M, et al. Citral is a new
inducer of caspase-3 in tumor cell lines. Planta Med
93. Hernandez NE, Tereschuk ML, Abdala LR. Antimicrobial
activity of flavonoids in medicinal plants from Tafi del Valle
(Tucuman, Argentina). J Ethnopharmacol 2000;73:317-22.
94. Nakamura T, Okuyama E, Tsukada A, et al. Acteoside as
the analgesic principle of Cedron (Lippia triphylla), a Peruvian
medicinal plant. Chem Pharm Bull 1997;45:499-504.
95. Chiou WF, Lin LC, Chen CF. Acteoside protects
endothelial cells against free radical-induced oxidative stress.
J Pharm Pharmacol 2004;56:743-8.
96. Lee KJ, Woo ER, Choi CY, et al. Protective effect of
acteoside on carbon tetrachloride-