Is The Vampire Diaries’ Poison Vervain For Real?

Today’s post is brought to you by Vampire Diaries’ latest storyline. If you have been watching then you know what’s going on with Damon, Stefan and the vervain. If you are like me then you were probably thinking “is vervain actually a poison used against vampires like in the show?” Well, I did some research and it turns out that back in the day it was in fact used against vampires. Kudos to the writer for doing research.

Vervain, also known as herb-of-the-cross, ma bian cao, pigeon’s grass, verbena and more, is a pretty common plant that can be found in North America, South America and even Europe, among other places. The use of vervain in folklore is pretty common; it was believed to have many supernatural and divine purposes. In the early Christian era, folk legend stated that vervain was used to staunch Jesus’ wounds after his removal from the cross, which is how is got its holy nickname. Even the ancient Romans believed that it was a sacred herb and used it to sanitize their homes and temples. The ancient Celtic Druids also believed the plant was sacred. So, it’s pretty clear this plant was well known and used by many for many supernatural reasons.

Now to the vampire part; in some legends it is used to ward nasty lil’ vampires. You could do this by mixing it in some herbal tea and drinking it, by simply keeping the plant near you or putting some vervain oil into your bath. It was also used in some charms, like the necklace in Vampire Diaries. Not only was it used to keep the blood suckers away but it was also used to keep them out of your head, once again, like in the show.

So as you can see, the show wasn’t off on this one. Who would have thought that a vampire drama show could be educational.

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).


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  3. It is real, it’s an ancient herb that back in the days was used for religious purposes as well as healing sicknesses. This herb is good for fevers, headaches, stomach-aches, ulcers, etc. It’s very rare, so you can only find it in some places.

  4. The thought of another thang to look out for in this world is so bad one. I have no true idea if this stuf is going to work on me or not….. but i’ll try it out and see if we are powerless when it comes to this “VERVAIN” I’ll Give my girlfriend some type of braclet to see if I cant read her mind or get near her :[

  5. Yes, vervain is real. It’s usage and history goes back to ancient times. However, it’s not poisonous to humans, only vampires.

    BUT, it’s very important to note that Vervain should not be taken by pregnant women, especially during their first trimester of pregnancy, as it is known to cause miscarriage because it can cause uterine contractions.

  6. i think that can poison a vampire with vervain i never seen one if i see one i get one and i will do it in a book i like vampire so much it will be 100% like vampires so much :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  7. Amazing. Where could I purchase vervain? I’m going to do what Elana did and give lockets filled with vervain to the people I love.

      1. You can buy Elena’s necklace/locket filled with Vervain on eBay…they also carry other jewelry that contains vervain.

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