Metaphysical Properties Of Vervain
Official Name: Verbena officinalis
Other Names: Brittanica, Enghangrs Plant, Herba Sacra, Herb of Enchantment, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross, Holy Herb, Juno's Tears, Pigeons Grass, Pigeonwood, Simpler's Joy, Van-Van, Verbena, Vervan
Deities: Cerridwen, Mars, Venus, Aradia, Isis, Jupiter, Thor, Juno
Metaphysical Powers: Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing
Ritual Uses of Vervain
Priests in ancient Rome used Vervain to cleanse the altars of Jupiter. Small bundles of Vervain were created, and the altars were cleaned with these. Traditionally, the initiated daughters of Druids wore crowns of Vervain; this was the sign of the attained rank. (As with anything Druidic, this has to be looked upon as poetic rather than historical fact.)
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore Vervain
Traditionally collected on Midsummer or the rising of the Dog Star when neither Sun nor Moon is out.
It is a common ingredient in love mixtures and protective spells.
A crown of Vervain shields the magician while invoking spirits.
Any part of the plant may be used as a personal charm.
An infusion sprinkled throughout the home chases off evil spirits and harmful energies.
Vervain is also added to exorcism incenses and sprinkling mixes.
It is a common ingredient in purification bath sachets.
It is used in money and prosperity spells. If the herb is implanted in the garden or placed in the home, wealth will flow, and plants will thrive.
Vervain is a marvelous herb with multiple magical uses. It clears stagnant energy, cleanses and consecrates sacred ritual spaces, and cleanses the auras. It can be a conduit and direct magical energy & intentions; it also opens psychic channels.
This remarkable herb is said to clear obstructions in the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and spleen. It is said to ease liver congestion and jaundice and is even believed to break up stones. It is nervine that can calm and relax the nerves reducing a host of stress-related symptoms like mental fatigue, migraines, depression, and headaches. It is used for stress-related digestive system issues such as indigestion and cramps. Vervain is used to help treat PMT and menopause.
Vervain is used to clean wounds and rotting ulcers. Some have used it as both a gargle and mouthwash for gum and throat infections. It is good to aid with recovery and numerous stress-related complaints.
When combined with any other herbs for magical work, it is believed by some to enhance the action of these herbs.
The Vervain plant may be worn about the neck for protection from snakebites and headaches. This charm can bring help when needed. Some say that wearing a fresh sprig can protect individuals from baneful magick spells. When Vervain is planted or placed around the property, it is said to protect it from damage by bad weather.
Vervain is also used in rituals to Thor or Jupiter. It can be burned in offering or water infused to be sprinkled on an altar for purifying.
For Hellenic rituals, plants are small brooms and used to sweep alters or ritual areas. The bundles are often dipped into sacred water to sprinkle the altar or ritual area.
It can also be combined with Dill and used in a wash to rid an area or person of negative energies.
Vervain has been used in love spells, woven into bridal wreaths, carried in bridal bouquets as a way to ensure love.
It is said that burying a vervain plant in the garden will bring abundant crops. The leaves can be burned to attract wealth.