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verbena May 8, 2010

Filed under: Live Space — cnesgreen @ 6:28 pm

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Official name of aloysia tryphilla, verbena is a perennial shrub native to South America, particularly Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Paraguay. Verbena grows to a height of about 1 to 3 meters. It has lancet-shaped green leaves and has tiny white or lavender-colored flowers.

 

Verbena leaves are used to add a lemony flavour to fish and poultry dishes, vegetable marinades, salad dressings, jams, puddings, and beverages. It also is used to make herbal teas and can make a refreshing sorbet.

 

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Verbena Tea Benefits have been in the consciousness of many traditional herbal practitioners as being potent for disorders in the nervous and digestive systems.

 

It is one of the best selling infusions, and one you could try to replace or alternate with peppermint. It is also delicious used in cooking.

 

 

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Verbena is grown for medicinal, commercial and culinary purposes. The herb has a very strong lemony scent. Thus, it has been favored as a base material for perfumes. Its flavor, on the other hand, has been likened to a blend of licorice and camphor, and is widely used as an herbal flavoring to replace oregano, particularly in fish and poultry dishes.

 

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The active constituent of verbena is the oil of verbena which contains such compounds as methyl heptenone, borneol, geraniol, dipentene and others.

 

Many herbalists prescribe vervain tea as a stimulant, astringent, diuretic and diaphoretic. However, use of vervain is not recommended for pregnant women, as well as those in lactation as vervain is an abortifacient and an oxytocic agent. Taking too much vervain may also interfere with existing hypo- or hypertensive and hormone therapies.

 

The following are the health benefits attributed to vervain tea:

 

Maintain liver health.

Cleanse the urinary tract.

Fight fever.

Encourage the flow of milk.

Alleviate pain from arthritis.

Help in the overall treatment of nervous disorders.

Treat burns, wounds, and sores.

Relieve digestive ailments.

 

 

 

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Follow these steps to brew a perfect cup of Verbena tea.

 

Step 1: Prepare 2tsp (about 3g) dry verbena leaves.

Step 2: Pour boiling hot water over the tea and wash it for about 10 seconds.

Step 3: Strain the tea.

Step 4: Pour hot water over the tea again and steep for 3-5 minutes.

Step 5: Strain the tea and enjoy!

 

Sweeten your tea and add honey if desired.

 

 

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There is not much other then a hint of lemon while smelling the final brew.

The taste is like chamomile tea.

You can’t really taste the lemon while its on your tongue but as you wash it down it has a very pleasant aftertaste that leaves a lingering lemon flavor in the back of your throat and it lightly drifts into your nostrils as you drink.

It is a dense tea, very sweet as well! So if your tired of drinking stevia tea for the sweetness this is a tea you may want to test with.

 

It’s a pleasure to see its curly green leaves unfurl, and enjoy the yellowish green liquid after brewing.

 

 

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Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

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Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

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The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

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That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

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