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How To Use Blue Vervain Tea For Calmness

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Blue vervain tea has been cherished for centuries for its calming properties, especially appreciated by those who experience both nervous tension and digestive discomfort. It’s intriguing how our minds and bodies are interconnected—feeling anxious can lead to an upset stomach and a racing heart. A cup of blue vervain tea can offer a gentle way to unwind and bring a sense of calm to the entire system.

As someone who often feels on edge, I frequently turn to herbal teas for support. Blue vervain is one of my favorites for these moments. When I’m feeling a bit anxious or need something to help me navigate those uneasy feelings, I brew a cup of vervain tea. It’s not an instant solution, but it helps me feel more balanced. I also enjoy adding it to my nighttime tea blends for an extra touch of relaxation.

What is Blue Vervain?

Blue vervain (Verbena hastata), also called simpler’s joy and enchanter’s plant is an herb native to North America and is closely related to vervain (V. officinalis).  It can grow up to 5 feet in height and produces small blue flowers. In the wild, it is most often found in disturbed areas, moist prairies and meadows, around springs and stream banks, and in low, open woodlands.

Blue vervain has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Native Americans used blue vervain to treat snake bites, colds, fevers, and more. In fact, Native American tribes called blue vervain “herb of grace” because it was thought to promote peace and calm. The plant was also used in various ceremonies and rituals. Today, vervain continues to be used for emotional and psychological well-being, especially for conditions relating to anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. It is nervine, meaning that it nourishes the nervous system when taken over extended periods of time

What Parts are Used for Vervain Tea?

The aerial parts of the plant (leaves and flowers) can be dried and used to make vervain tea. You can buy the aerial parts from an herb store or grow your own and make your own herbal vervain tea.

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How Does Blue Vervain Work?

Vervain has long been valued by herbalists for its ability to support emotional balance and calmness. This herb is known for its relaxing and uplifting properties, often used to enhance mood and promote a sense of well-being. Many people find that vervain helps them achieve a restful night’s sleep without feeling groggy the next day.

Research suggests that vervain can influence levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in reducing anxiety. Blue vervain, in particular, interacts with the same receptors in the brain as GABA, promoting a calming effect that can help clear the mind and reduce feelings of anxiety.

Where to Find Blue Vervain

 Information can be found for safely identifying and foraging blue vervain in this article titled: Blue Vervain: The Hidden Aspects Of A Magical Medicinal Herb 

If you can’t find the herbs you need locally, you can purchase them from Mountain Rose Herbs. My favorite place to buy high-quality, organic dried herbs and herbal products.

When Not to Take Blue Vervain

Vervain is quite safe to use, but it should not be taken in large doses. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy because it can stimulate the uterus, and it should not be used with blood pressure medications or hormone therapy. Large doses may cause diarrhea or vomiting.

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Vervain Tea

Barbi Gardiner
Drink 1-3 cups per day. You can drink as needed or 1-2 hours before bedtime to help you relax before going to sleep.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 people


  • Heat proof jar
  • Tea strainer
  • Favorite mug


  • Dried vervain


  • Add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb to a heat-proof jar
  • Pour 8-10 oz. of hot water over them.
  • Cover the jar and let your tea steep for at least 15 minutes.
  • Strain out the herbs


Blue vervain is bitter, so you may wish to add a little lemon and sweeten with honey before drinking.
If you want to use vervain for increasing breastmilk, try it in an herbal tea blend with other herbs that will increase its effectiveness.
Keyword Blue Vervain Tea, herbal infusion, Herbal Tea, Vervain Tea
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