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Betony (Stachys/Betonica officinalis) 


This red/purple flowered plant was once one of the most sought after herbal remedy of the modern age. It is predominantly found throughout England and Wales, on a range of specific sites, woodland and grassland areas. It is highly tolerant to various climates, and can thrive in spring and autumn. The plant is slow growing and lives for a particularly long period of time. Though nearly forgotten, it was very well known for its medicinal qualities and is one of the rare herbal remedies useful for treating a winding list of conditions.

Medicinal Uses

Betony ha shad a long standing reputation of curing head injuries, skin problems, diarrhea as well as a wide range of diseases. This reputation has been questioned over the years, although evidence has began to emerge, all in support of this plant. Further research has established that Betony contains glycosides, which is a very useful ingredient in circulation enhancement. It has the rare ability to lower blood pressure, improve circulation, as well as clear up constrictions in heart vessels. This ability to improve circulation has been the main reason behind the use of Betony as a painkiller, giving testament to its qualities in the relief of headaches and anxiety. This herbal remedy also contains tannins. Although the percentage value of the tannins is slightly over 15%, it is considered quite potent in the treatment of diarrhea, mouth and throat irritations, as well as skin related ailments.

Betony was once used as a treatment for many illnesses; anything from coughs to improving libido. These uses have however dwindled amid speculation that many of these were exaggerated, resulting in more potent, chemical based drugs pushing it off the shelves. It is still a top class treatment for some varieties of chest and lung problems, and is substantially effective in treating uterine bleeding, reducing elevated fever, as well as gout and other conditions. The herb was used to treat bronchitis, asthma, kidney problems, and excess sweating, and was also thought to have de-warming capabilities.

Despite its dwindling popularity, betony still ranks high on the list of effective herbal remedies, and still has many relevant applications. Modern applications are perhaps more psychologically inclined, with the uses of Betony ranging anything from a highly potent pain killer, to one used for the relief of stress, mental overexertion as well as mental tension. Constant worry is also one of the problems thought to be cured by this herb.

Various varieties of the betony are also known to cure colds and flu, and were also an ancient cure for indigestion. It can also be used as a mouth wash, and gaggling it can be useful in clearing sore throats. Although the research on betony is far from elaborate, it does have its moments, and has been known to increase a woman’s ability to produce milk during breast feeding.


Dosage and Administration

The benefits of betony are at their most potent when the preparation method involves drinking this herb extract as herbal tea. You are also advised to smoke it, if you are looking for a direct remedy for headaches. It is known to be one of the key ingredients in British Herb tobacco, with all its medicinal benefits giving testament to its high level efficacy.


Parts Used

  • Arial parts
  • Flowers
  • Leaves


It is perhaps the most elaborate remedy for many conditions, with its effectiveness second to none. It works as a digestive cleaning agent, works well for wound therapy, and has many applications in tension relief, reduction in stress levels, as well other psychologically based conditions. It’s both a physical and psychological stimulant. It helps in rapid recovery from head trauma, and results in improved energy levels, better concentration gradients, reduces spats of dizziness as well as many other qualities. It works wonders for headaches, of all types, migraines and tensions, and also helps in circulatory enhancement

Side Effects

Wood betony is typically a mild uterine stimulant, so it is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Other than that, it does not have any known adverse effects. There is the occasional mild nausea, nothing serious, making it one of the most highly effective herbal agents anywhere-by any stretch of the imagination.


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