Plants and Diabetes- Vervain

You hate to see “weeds” growing in your yard! Right? The lawn looks messy as long as these weeds are growing. Right? I felt that way at one point and don’t get me wrong, I love a nicely kept garden, but, I am learning to place some of these “weeds” in a pot and do my research, whilst I care for them, with the hope of finding out that I have a “pot of gold.” Vervain is common and I was clueless about this precious plant, especially as it relates to diabetes.

What is the Vervain Plant?

This is a tropical plant with a cluster of small mauve flowers. There are at least two other colors. The taste is bitter and it is for this reason why it is said that it stimulates the liver and other organs. Others describe the taste as "tangy."

This plant is not selective when it comes to adding beauty to our environment as it is seen growing in nicely cared for gardens, they spring up in well-manicured lawns and will even make their debut by the roadside and gullies of the city. Blue vervain cares not if you are rich or poor, her beauty springs up all over for us to marvel at the goodness of her Creator. Please see below for a picture of the vervain plant.

Vervain plant with butterfly

Other Names for the Vervain are:

  • Blue Vervain
  • Herb of the Cross
  • Verbena Hastata
  • Verbena Azul
  • Simpler's Joy
  • Wild Hyssop
  • Devil's Medicine
  • Pigeonweed
  • Herb of Grace
  • Iron Weed

 Vervain and Diabetes

Persons have reported using this plant (leaves and flowers) to make tea, which drank over a period of time reduced their blood glucose level. As stated above, vervain stimulates the liver and other organs which play a critical role in diabetes and blood glucose control.

Riley (2014) supports the diabetic cure and the other healing claims of the vervain plant. Professor Carrington, from as far back as 2009 supported this view and added that blue vervain is also good for stomach and skin problems and the flu (Watson, 2009).

Watson (2009) describes vervain as a "silent doctor," growing wild, but has the curative power to heal diabetes and also high blood pressure. There are other health benefits, but because a number of persons who are diabetic also have to deal with high blood pressure, then I thought it fitting to point out how this one plant can be used to treat the two complaints. A tea made from the leaves and flowers is all it takes to prevent and treat a number of health-related issues.

Drying Leaves and Flowers to make Herbal Teas to Fight Diabetes

  1. Cut the best stems with leaves and flowers
  2. Wash properly to remove all dirt and insects 
  3. Place a piece of paper towel on a clean tray
  4. Spread the leaves and flowers on the tray
  5. Leave indoors to dry
  6. Note, keep turning the leaves and flowers and also change the paper towel
  7. Your "herbal remedy" will be ready in a few days to make your tea

I must remind you at this point that I always test regularly once I am using natural products along with my medication. Please recall that the aim is to use foods to control or possibly eliminate diabetes from our lives, but we must ensure that we do not create a situation where our blood glucose drops too low. This will create serious health issues, thereby defeating the original intent.

Please see below for an infographic I created to give you a visual display of some of the health benefits of the blue vervain.

Vervain Health Benefits and diabetes
Vervain lowers blood glucose (diabetes can be controlled using vervain)
Vervain cures headache and helps with nervous disorders.  It is also good for diabetes.
Vervain soothes  snakebite and controls diabetes.
Vervain shrinks throat tumor and fights diabetes.
Vervain fights malaria and lowers cholesterol.  Cholesterol and diabetes walk hand in hand.

A Little History Lesson

Historically, vervain was used for several other reasons you might not know. Please see below for a brief look into the past. Some may be mythical. I leave you to decide.

  1. King Solomon used vervain to clean the temple.
  2. It was used in water to purify ritual tools.
  3. Placed in water, it was used to cleanse the person who was about to engage in ritual work.
  4. The Romans used it to honor Diana and venus.
  5. It was placed over fields to make them fertile.
  6. Vervain was burnt to protect livestock.
  7. Roman soldiers took it to battle for protection.
  8. It was used to make a concoction that was sprinkled in homes to keep away evil spirits.
  9. It was also used in magic. Remember, you have the task of deciding what is mythical or not. I am merely sharing some historical uses of the vervain plant.
  10. For all those aspiring poets, vervain was used to make a drink which was used to inspire poets (smile, you make the decision. If it works, please let me know, smile).
  11. It was worn around the neck to prevent headaches and guess what else? Snakebites. Now you know what to do the next time you plan to go in the woods (smile).
  12. Are you afraid of hurricanes and similar weather, thinking that you could be left homeless? Fear, not my child. Vervain is here. Vervain was planted around homes to protect the homes from bad weather.

Ok, we will stop here. Enough history lesson.


It is, however, evident that vervain was seen as a highly useful plant from as way back as biblical times and throughout the ages. We may use the plant for different purposes now, but, the end result, is that we cannot continue to ignore the health benefits of this "weed."

The vervain plant grows easily and so it is considered a wild plant and some call it a weed. It is beautiful and almost majestical in its' appearance. It is of convenience that this plant is found everywhere, especially since it is used for so many reasons. This plant has been used to lower blood glucose and so control diabetes, it lowers blood pressure, soothes a headache and even snake bites, to name a few.

Once again we are introduced to a plant that Mother Nature has so graciously given us to bring about healing in our bodies. I invite you, my readers, to conduct your own research and experiments and be reminded to write your views in the box below. You know by now, how important it is for us to share with each other and how special your views are to the administrator of this website.

Please be reminded that you are officially a member of Team Crawford with a special mission to control/eliminate diabetes using whole foods.

Until next time, make the right food choices and remember to live an active lifestyle so that as a team, we can be diabetic-free.

Would you like to purchase the Blue Vervain? Here is the link.


  1. Riley, Janice, Manifa Riley, and Paul Riley. In My Backyard: Powerful Herbs and Foods for the Caribbean. Saint Mary, Jamaica: Riley Publications, 2014. Print. Part 1.
  2. Watson, Annette. "NationNews - Healing Herbs - Plant Good for Diabetics."NationNews - Healing Herbs - Plant Good for Diabetics. Nation Publishing Company Limited, 16 Feb. 2009. Web. 08 Aug. 2016.
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  1. // Reply

    Hi, Josephine

    I agree with you. I also think this plant is “beautiful and almost majestical in its’ appearance.”
    However, I have never heard of it before. I wonder if this plant grows in Norway.
    But how wonderful it is to be able to use plants that grow in our backyard which can help some of us to reduce blood glucose levels.


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      Tove, thanks for dropping by and make a comment. I tried a bit of research, but I am not seeing the Vervain plant in Norway. Yes, it i a wonderful plant to have in the backyard. Cheers.

  2. // Reply

    Hi Josephine, I’m a big believer in taking care of your body naturally. I have a lot of family members in the medical industry so I get a lot of resistance. People are so quick to take medications these days to treat a symptom instead of changing their diet to prevent the problem. I have never heard of the vervain plant before but am amazed at what it can do. Thanks for the article!

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      Jeremy, thanks for the visit and the comment. Yes, we are quick to take medicines, instead of caring for our bodies. Jeremy, let us continue to educate and motivate, whilst we hope and pray for a different outcome. Cheers.

  3. // Reply

    I love the idea of natural remedies and I am also a tea lover. So I’m sure I would enjoy the tea. I’m not familiar with Vervain. I would love to know if it is something that grows in the US or if it is available in the US.

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    I am looking for something natural. please help.

    1. // Reply

      Marsha, thanks for the visit. Please read the articles, speak with your doctor about the possibility of a lifestyle change. Keep me posted.

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    Oh, I have not heard about vervain and how it can help with diabetes. This is great to know, as drinking vervain tea is so easy! I wonder how much and how long I need to drink it before I see improvement? I will try most things, especially plants products that will help me lower my blood sugar levels.
    Thanks for sharing the helpful info 🙂

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      Dinh, thanks for the comment and do continue to enjoy your vervain tea. I find that a holistic approach works for me and so the tea alone would not be enough. I also find that I have to do a number of things to keep my sugar in the normal range. This means that for me the greatest thing is my diet (low carbs), including my spices and teas, coupled with exercise. Hope this is helpful.

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    Great article I really enjoyed it. However, I was not aware it was good for snake bites this is wonderful.

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      Camille, I am glad you liked the article. Yes, my research revealed that it is soothing. It would be interesting to see if it works well when we are bitten by other animals and insects. Cheers.

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    My uncle told me about this plant many years ago but I did not use it until my doctor said I had to take these two pills every six hours to control my sugar levels. I knew that once you start on these pills there is no end, so I asked if I could drink this tea and test daily for my sugar level.

    The doctor said I could take the tea, but declined to prescribe daily blood testing until about a month later when I ended up in the emergency one Sunday after waking up dizzy and threw up everything I ate in the morning.

    The next day at the doctor’s office after learning that my sugar levels was too low, I was told to stop taking the pills and was prescribed a daily blood testing kit which I have been doing for years. I still have that plant and will be making more tea with it soon because it works.

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      I appreciate your sharing this with us Alvin and I am happy that you found something that works for you. It is a known fact that food helps in the healing process, and the same is true for herbs. We must exercise caution and always test to see the effect.

      Your doctor caused you unnecessary troubles, but I am truly happy you made it out okay. Please, keep testing and monitoring your sugar levels.

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    hello i just came from the Doctor i was told that my blood pressure is Hight also i am Diabetes can i drink vervain would it help thank for you answer

    1. // Reply

      I am truly sorry to hear your results, but you are in the right place. Your results are just warning you that you need a lifestyle change. Continue to read the website, change your lifestyle, and see what works for you. All the best.

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