Wood Betony

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Wood Betony

Latin name: Stachys officinalis

Health Benefits of Wood Betony

Wood Betony is somewhat rare at present, but for centuries it was actually considered one of the most useful herbs around. This is a fantastic herb for nervous system health.  Other benefits include: 

  • Great for treating symptoms from headaches or other facial pain.
  • Can be used to treat nosebleeds either alone or combined with Yarrow Flowers.
  • Is good to take for health of the nervous system. It can also help to calm nerves, and promotes relaxation.
  • Has been used among Native American cultures as an aphrodisiac.
  • Is great in combination with other herbs to help relieve pain from sinusitis.
  • Great to use as an astringent due to tannins in the herb. For this reason it is good to use as a poultice to help heal wounds and bruises.
  • Because of its relaxing effect, it is good for treating symptoms of PMS.
  • Contains bitter properties that can help to aid digestion. These properties are also good for liver health.
  • Great  treatment for mouth ulcers and sore, inflamed gums when used as a mouthwash/gargle. 

How to Use Wood Betony

  • Can be used externally as a poultice or a wash.
  • Can be used in tincture form.
  • Can be used as a gargle/mouthwash.
  • Can be used as a tea or used in wine. 

Cautions and Side Effects of Wood Betony

  • Do not use if pregnant as it is a mild uterine stimulant in high doses.  Do not use if nursing. 

Fun Facts About Wood Betony

  • In the Middle Ages wood betony was considered a "charm" that could help ward off evil spirits and keep them from bringing disease to a household. 

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