Wood Betony (Stachys officianalis)


Also Known as: Lousewort, Bishopwort

Uses: Tea

Parts Used: The whole herb

Wood Betony is a nervine herb (herbs that support the nervous system). Its sedative properties have been used for headaches, and anxiety. The name Betony comes from the primitive Celtic where Bew meant head and ton meant good; ( it being good for complant's of the head). It stimulates the digestive system and has an overall tonic effect on the body. It treats frayed nerves and has astringent properties.  

Wood Betony seems to have an uplifting effect on the mind and the spirits. Wood Betony just seems to help the body fix itself, slowly. You will find Wood Betony in Happy Bee Tranquili Tea blend.

Garden Tips:

Wood Betony prefers part shade to full sun, rich, moist well-drained soil, but will also grow in clay soil. Sow in early spring, in pots or directly in the garden. Barley cover seed, tamp firmly and keep warm, evenly moist and in the light until germination which takes 1-3 weeks. Thin or transplant to 1-2 ft apart. Divide every 3 years or so. Flowers are purple and occasionally pink or white, blooms from midsummer on. Be sure to give it moderate to high amounts of water.

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