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Vervain

This little plant was used in the Fens, an area known for flooding problems traditionally, to help find drowned bodies as it was believed to help attract eels to the place where the body lay. Reputedly used to staunch Christ's wounds at Calvary it was never gathered without making the sign of the Cross first. Roman soldiers carried this perennial with them into battle for protection. Pale lilac flowers can be seen on sparsely-leafed upright stems. It has a slightly bitter taste and is unscented. It was believed that it possessed magical powers and strong aphrodisiac qualities too. Heavily used in various rites and incantations - it is believed associated with witchcraft and sorcery.