Verbena is used for mild gum disease (gingivitis), swelling (inflammation) of the nasal cavity and sinuses (rhinosinusitis), heart conditions, depression, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In manufacturing, verbena flowers are used as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- A mild form of gum disease (gingivitis). Rinsing the mouth with verbena after brushing and flossing might prevent plaque and redness by a small amount compared with brushing and flossing alone.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the nasal cavity and sinuses (rhinosinusitis). Early research shows that taking a specific product containing verbena and other ingredients (SinuComp, Sinupret) along with antibiotics and/or nasal decongestants may improve symptoms and reduce the duration of sinusitis better than the standard medications alone.
- Sore throat.
- Whooping cough.
- Chest pain.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if verbena is safe or what the side effects might be. Some people might be allergic to verbena.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if verbena is safe or what the side effects might be. Some people might be allergic to verbena. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if verbena is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2B1 (CYP2B1) substrates) interacts with VERBENA
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Verbena might slow down how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking verbena along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects from some medications. Before taking verbena, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking medications that are changed by the liver.
Medications that might be affected include cyclophosphamide, ifosfamide, barbiturates, bromobenzene, and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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