Verbena its characteristics and curiosities

Verbena its characteristics and curiosities

The plant known as Verbena officinalis, which is also called gerbon, ulgebron, sacred herb and leper's herb, is a perennial and persistent species in Portugal and islands. Although this plant can easily be grown anywhere, it prefers moist, shaded areas.


However, it is important to note that this plant is not the same plant that is often found on tea packaging. In fact, Verbena officinalis is often confused with another plant in the same family called lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla), also known as lemon verbena or lemon verbena. Although both plants belong to the same taxonomic family – Verbenaceae – and have similar flowers, they are different species.

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Over centuries of history, Verbena has been valued for its different applications and meanings. For the Romans, it was considered a sacred plant used for agreement, while the flowers were used by nobles on special occasions. Furthermore, Verbena is known for its aphrodisiac properties.

During ancient Rome, Verbena was used to purify people and protect soldiers, homes and deities. It was called the “holy herb” and was often placed on altars in religious ceremonies.

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In summary, Verbena is a perennial and persistent plant common in mainland Portugal and islands, also known as gerbon, ulgebrão, . Throughout history, Verbena has acquired different meanings and applications, from being considered a sacred plant by the Romans to being used as a talisman against the plague in the Middle Ages. In addition, Verbena is used as an aid in the treatment of various health conditions, such as fever, anxiety, stress, digestive disorders, among others. Its versatility and medicinal properties make it a valuable plant in natural and complementary medicine.


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