Scientific Name: Stachys officinalis
AKA:Wood Betony, Bishopswort, Betony, Stachys betonica, Lousewort
Parts Used:aerial parts
Active Compounds:choline, tannins, alkaloids, betaine
Background: Betony is most notably a good remedy for headache. While it was once thought to treat almost 50 different ailments, it is now known primarily for headache pain relief. It also has astringent and sedative properties and can treat some digestive complaints.
Wood betony is primarily used to treat headache.
Headache: Wood betony can be used to treat headaches as well as facial pain.
Sedative:Wood betony is a mild sedative that can ease anxiety and stress.
Women's health: Wood betony can be used to relieve symptoms of PMS.
Digestive system: Wood betony is a mild bitter and helps to stimulate the appetite and enhance digestion.
Wood betony is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia. The aerial parts are harvested in the summer when the plant is flowering.
As an infusion, drink 1-2 cups daily a mouthful at a time.
As a decoction, mix 2 tsp with 1/2 cup water, drink one mouthful at a time.
Do not take betony if you are pregnant. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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