“Wood Betony is very safe and effective for headaches, muscle aches, tension, stress and other related challenges.”
Where it Grows – Wood Betony or Stachys officinalis which is part of the mint family grows in Europe, China, Asia, India, and even in the US. It loves grassy plains and this herb has beautiful purple flowers making it beautiful in gardens.
Used for Hundreds of Years – Wood betony has been used successfully for hundreds of years. In fact in Italy there is an old saying: “Sell your coat and buy betony.” And down through history wood betony has been used for treating just about anything… and it works great!
Parts Used – The green leaves, stems, plus the roots can be dried and used.
Collecting – Collect wood betony just before flowering in the spring.
Taste – Betony tea tastes a lot like black tea… and thus it’s very pleasing to most people.
Ayurvedic Medicine – In Ayurvedic Medicine in India wood betony has been used for hundreds of years as a very safe herb in combination with other herbs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – In China wood betony also is used in combination with 4 or 5 other herbs for many health problems. In TCM wood betony is used with ashwagandha root, licorice root, ginseng, and Chinese hawthorn berries as a tonic for good health. And wood betony has been used in TCM for treating colds, flues, and sore throats.
Mild and Cumulative Effect – Wood betony has a slow and mild effect that accumulates over time. Most people want something that works right now, but that is not always a good way to go… slow and easy is great for our stressed out life styles.
Gargle – If you have a sore throat then gargling with betony tea will do wonders.
Great for Tight Muscles – Wood betony is wonderful for stiff necks, sore and tight muscles, muscles cramps, and any time you have muscle pain.
Wonderful for Headaches – Wood betony works wonders for tension headaches.
Stress and Anxiety – Wood betony also works well for stress and anxiety… helping you to relax.
Skin Rashes – Wood betony also works well as a topical anti-inflammatory agent for skin rashes, mouth sores… and other mucosal inflammations.
Nerve Pain and Shingles – Wood betony has also been used to effectively treat nerve pain from diabetic problems… and the pain associated with shingles and facial nerve pain.
Diuretic – Wood betony is a good diuretic making it great for improving urine flow and helping to detox the body.
Respiratory System – Wood betony also relaxes the smooth muscles of bronchi thus opening up the lungs… great for asthma and bronchitis.
Liver Function – Wood betony has also been used to detox the liver and improve liver function… but no human studies have been done to prove this.
Lowers Blood Pressure – A study in Russia showed that wood betony has the ability to lower blood pressure over a period of time.
Anti-inflammatory – Wood betony also works well as a good anti-inflammatory agent for arthritis, joint pain, swelling, and redness.
Migraines – Wood betony works wonders for migraines. Plus wood betony is commonly used in combination with Jamaican dogwood and black cohosh for headaches and migraines.
GI Problems – In Europe wood betony helps with diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, bloating and soothes the GI tract. Wood betony is a good astringent thus soothing the GI tract and get rid of diarrhea.
UTI – Wood betony also helps with the pain and swelling associated with bladder infections and kidney stones.
Sinusitis – In Europe sinusitis is commonly treated with wood betony because it also has anti-inflammatory qualities.
Contains – Betulinic-acid, betaine, chlorogenic-acid, harpagide, caffeic-acid, rosmaricnic-acid… plus tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids, and saponins.
Forms – Wood betony can be found in many different forms from dried herb for tea, tinctures, infusions, tonic wines, and capsules.
Finding – Google “Buy Wood Betony Tea” and lots of places on-line will come up that sell wood betony. Plus you can ask for wood betony at your local health food store.
Buying Seeds – If you google “Buy Wood Betony Seeds” lots of places on-line will come up that sell the seeds.
Dose – If using the dried herb 1 or 2 teaspoons in hot water steeped for 5 minutes works great, for tinctures use 2 mls once a day… or take 2 capsules twice a day with water and meals.
Wine Tonic for Stress – A wine tonic for the stress and anxiety can be made by taking a bottle of inexpensive white wine and adding 50 grams of wood betony, 25 grams of vervain, and 25 grams of hyssops and then set the bottle in a warm sunny area of your house for 2 weeks… then place in the frig. Drink a 1/4 cup of the wine for stress and anxiety once, twice, or even three times a day.
No Side Effects – To date there are no side effects to wood betony… but all herbs should not be used during pregnancy.
Revival of Wood Betony – I feel there should a revival of the use of wood betony… it’s very effective and works wonders for so many different health challenges.
Give it a try!
Feel Free to Share – This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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