Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Vervain Tea, as well as the plant itself, Verbena officinalis, have long since been held in high esteem for combating ‘supernatural’ ailments. However, if you are a ‘non-believer’, Vervain Tea is also a popular choice for its incredible medicinal properties which are now supported by modern scientific research. Alternatively, this beverage can be simply enjoyed for its delicious flavour and invigorating aroma.
It is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a nice cup of herbal tea to sit back and relax with at literally any time in the day. This herbal tea is noted for its strong, herbaceous character and bitter overtones. Packed to fresh in our Pluckley based factory, the village of which is known as the most haunted place in England .
The Vervain plant has gone by a variety of names over the course of many centuries. These include ‘Enchanter’s Balm’, ‘Herb of the Cross’, ‘Herb of Grace’, ‘Devil’s Medicine’ (despite its ‘heavenly’ taste), ‘Juno’s Tears’, ‘Pigeon’s Grass’, ‘Pigeonweed’, ‘Simpler’s Joy’, ‘Wild Hyssop’, ‘Ironweed’, and ‘Indian Hyssop’. This is just to name a few.
It is a slender perennial, capable of growing up to one metre in height. Believed to have originated from the Mediterranean, Verbena officinalis now flourishes in much of North America, including northern regions of the United States and throughout Canada. Its botanical name derives from the Ancient Roman term, verbena, which was associated with any sacrificial herb considered “very powerful”.
It was marveled by the renowned Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE), and was referenced in many of his remarkable works. It was likewise revered by the Druids of Europe, who used the herb to ward off evil witchcraft, sorcery, and spirits. The Ancient Chinese recognised Verbena officinalis as having “hidden powers” as did the Ancient Egyptians, who believed it originated from the tears of the goddess, Isis. In Persia, (modern-day Iran), meanwhile, it was used as the ‘herb of prophecy’ among the mystic sages known as the magi.
Today, Vervain is less of a mystical phenomenon and more of a beneficial herb to be used in decoctions such as herbal tisanes. Vervain Tea is particularly popular in France for its intriguingly complex taste. It has also recently been subjected to countless scientific studies, which have since uncovered its outstanding health-promoting properties. To find out more information on how this seemingly unassuming herb can improve your everyday way of life in tea-form, please see our Health Benefits section below.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: To balance this brew, consider adding honey for a slightly sweeter infusion. However, this beverage is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Complex from start to finish, Vervain Tea is easily recognised by its surprisingly sweet aroma, followed by its bitter, earthy, and herbaceous flavour. Consisting of subtle minty undertones, this beverage has a warm, lingering aftertaste long after you have drained your cup.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: Throughout history, vervain has been known as a special herb with many medicinal properties. It is a truly fantastic tea for soothing the internal workings of digestion and purifying vital organs from toxins. It can likewise offer the reduction of symptoms associated with mild cold and fever, as well as migraines. Further to this, the frequent consumption of this beverage can benefit the nervous system, including relief from mild depression and stress. If this wasn’t enough, studies have indicated that drinking Vervain tea may also help with insomnia!
Health PointsCholesterol, Detox, Immune System, Refreshing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening
CountryMore Than One Origin