Verveine tea is a very fragrant tea that’s not available in every store you might visit. But if you happen to chance upon a box of this herbal tea, we recommend you pick up a box!
Verveine is said to be one of the most healthy teas, and has a number of health benefits. Want to learn more? Read on to find out all you need to know about verveine tea.
What is Verveine?
If you’ve never heard of verveine, you’re not alone. But the reason for that is because the herb is also known by a few other aliases. You may see it spelled “vervain,” or even referred to as verbena. Verbena is the most commonly used name for the herb in the United States, while verveine and vervain are used widely in Europe.
Most species of verveine are native to the Americas and to Asia. It’s a flowering plant, offering blooms of blue, white, purple and pink. The plants look great in ornamental gardens, and are perfect if you want to attract butterflies to your yard. Most verbena plants are grown from seed, and they’re easy to cultivate. That’s particularly true in zones 7-11; if you’re in the United States, that means from the mid-Atlantic on south. If you do decide to give growing verveine a shot, you’ll have a steady supple of tea, right in your back yard!
Health Benefits of Verveine Tea
Verveine tea has many health benefits, and since it’s an herbal tea, it contains no caffeine. That means that everyone can drink the tea, regardless of age. Be sure you check with your pediatrician before giving verveine tea to a child.
The use of verveine tea as a homeopathic remedy goes back a very long time, and the known health effects of the tea include a wide range of symptoms. One of the most notable benefits of verveine tea is its ability to relieve chest congestion. That means that if you have a cold, allergies, or even mild asthma, a cup of warm verveine may be all you need to feel better.
The herb is also known to be very calming. Much like chamomile tea, verveine tea is thought to soothe the nerves and increase relaxation. Next time you’re feeling stress, reach for verveine tea to regain your composure. In the same way that it calms your nerves, verveine tea can also lessen the symptoms of depression.
Just like sideritis tea and sage tea, Verveine tea contains anti-inflammatories which may help reduce pain. It’s particularly well known for relieving menstrual pain in women. In other words, skip the ibuprofen, and try a relaxing cup of verveine tea next time you feel cramps coming on.
Finally, verveine can be helpful for breastfeeding mothers. It’s what’s called a galactagogue, and it stimulates lactation. Of course, you’ll want to check with your midwife or doctor before you drink this tea if you’re breastfeeding.
How to Make Verveine Tea
If you’ve chosen to grow vervain (or verveine or verbena) in your garden, you’ve got a supply of the fresh herb at the ready during the spring and summer months. You’ll use the leaves when you make the tea.
All you’ll need to do is pick four or five leaves from your verveine plant. Then, using your fingers, gently crush or bruise the leaves to release the natural oils. Place the bruised leaves in your teacup.
Boil water fully, then pour six to eight ounces of water over your tea leaves. Let the leaves steep for a little longer than usual – it takes around 5 or 6 minutes to get the tea steeped perfectly. Finally, strain your tea using a tea strainer or a cheesecloth, and enjoy!
You can sweeten your verveine tea naturally if you like. Most people like to use natural honey or raw sugar. You may even decide that a small splash of juice adds the perfect flavor to your tea. Verveine tea has a lightly citrus taste, so orange and cranberry juice pair well with the tea.
Where to Find Verveine Tea
Because it’s called by so many names, you may think it’s hard to find verveine tea. In fact, it truly is easier to find the tea online than to find it in your local store. Amazon and other retailers sell the tea, and if you have a local retailer that sells the Tao of Tea brand, that tea has gotten especially good reviews.
When you shop for your verveine tea, try to find an organic blend if possible. This lessens the number of chemicals that are in your tea, causing your tea to be that much healthier.
Some health food stores offer verveine tea as well. In some cases, you can even buy the dried leaves in bulk. Again, organic is best. And always be sure you know what’s in your tea if your market is selling a blend.
If you have chosen to grow your own plants, it can’t be stressed enough: don’t use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. These chemicals can’t be easily washed from your plants, and can actually be absorbed into the plant system. Use natural soil and simply spray your plants with pepper to keep the pests away.
Verveine Tea Reviews
There are dozens of blends of verveine tea available online and in local markets. The most popular of these are lemon verbena blends. These teas are all herbal, contain no caffeine and are great for an after supper cup.
People who have tried verveine tea say the drink is excellent for clearing up congestion, but that it works better when it’s hot rather than iced. Of course, warm water is known to help break up nasal and chest congestion, so we’re not sure if the tea had a placebo effect.
That said, the verveine tea reviews where the tea was used for stress relief were phenomenal. People who tried it say they slept better, felt more relaxed and were better able to focus.
Whether you look online for a verveine tea blend or grow your own at home, all reviews would indicate that this tea is a great way to unwind. Relax at the end of each day with a cup of verveine tea, and enjoy the other health benefits it can provide.