After stresses of the week, let’s relax (and cure hangover!:) by a cup of Verbena tea – Verveine orange by LEADER PRICE (French budget supermarket range) – Tea of the week w/e 17.10.2010

My dear Tea lovers all around the world!

This weekend I was very happy to spend some time in France with one of my best friends J & her lovely husband & 2 amazing twins! ( & third little Miracle on the way! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) . I thought I should then suggest a tea that is indeed from here – France.. There areย  indeed many, manyย  fantastic & healthy plants available in this country of most amazing food! but one deserves our special attention! as it is virtually unheard of ๐Ÿ˜ฆ in Great Britain (ok,ย  virtually .. thoughย ย  I am very happy to report that verbena plants are known to British gardeners ๐Ÿ™‚ as they bloom beautifully and are great meeting spots for bees and butterflies.ย  One of them, the superbly blossoming Verbena bonariensis has even received the Award of Garden Merit by The Royal Horticultural Society ๐Ÿ™‚ . I just hope the queen was also advised on rich and suitable for royals indeed! tea possibilities of its relative V.O. ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Verbena is a household name in France, available everywhere in cheapest supermarkets and in various different options (e.g. the one i chose is the orange version of the basic Verbena tea (10 % of added aroma)ย  from the local version of Asda or Tesco – cheapest at the bottom of the shelf, yet soooo good & healthy! ๐Ÿ™‚ )! Oh, when will it happen in the UK that a healthy multifunctional plant waits for us in basic cheapest box version of an everyday tea? for 50 cents per box? ๐Ÿ™‚ I chose the leaderprice tea on purpose – of course it could be organic posh verveine tea, but this one is nearly equally good and really available to everyone! so no more excuses to drink bad black tea every day! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Yet for some mysterious reason even though the plant is so easy to grow in a simple pot, and so not fussy at all ๐Ÿ™‚ in its cultivation, this magical herb does not make it across the channel and I have to stock my resources when on trips like this one :). Verveine, as the French call it, or VERBENA in English is a group ofย  someย  over 200 species the most famous of which is VERBENA OFFICINALIS or in layman terms COMMON VERBENA ๐Ÿ™‚ but sometimes called a “blue verbena” (though this actually refers to its cousin, Verbena hastata)ย  – a humble little herbal shrub with such broad use and most fantastic qualities that it had been used back in the days of the biblical King Solomon and the Romans!!

Helas, Brits how come you have not yet discovered it and started using in your kitchen, hospitals, and bedroom?!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Famous as antidepressant and relaxant (” Verbena strengthens the nervous system whilst relaxing tension and stress. It is used in the treatment of depression and melancholia, particularly following a debilitating illness such as influenza “) most common use nowadays is .. to help you cure hangover ๐Ÿ™‚ in a probably most pleasant way as it eases the work of our liver (overcharged by all the sbustances ๐Ÿ˜‰ consumed in sometimes far too big amounts! ๐Ÿ˜‰ , and also ” is a traditional remedy for infected gums and tooth decay, halitosis and tonsillitis” . It has a fresh lemon-minty taste and is a great alternative for sometimes too boring peppermint, not only easing digestion but also cheering us up ๐Ÿ™‚ and fighting the blues! ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially if you take the orange version – fresh, zesty!, sooo healthy & so helpful! But! Beware.. if you are, like my friend, expecting a Little Joy soon – verbena may induce urine & bleeding, and therefore is not recommended during pregnancy but may be used during labour.

However, do not throw verbena boxes away my dear expecting mothers: you will most likely need verbena after birth: it may stimulate producing milk, relaxes you if you suffer from post natal depression, and can also be a remedy to painful and irregular periods.

There is virtually no limit in the use of this plain and common yes still not widely recognized plant! I hope you dear readers will have an opportunity to taste it & grow so fond of it that, just like me now, it will be a permanent element on your shopping list while on holidays in France!

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

PS => Verbena is also an …aphrodisiac ( something that may increase sexual desire or potency) – do you want me to buy you some boxes? :-))

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