Stachys Offiinallis, or wood betony “is a perennial grassland herb growing to 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 ft) tall. Its leaves are stalked on upright stems, narrowly oval, with a heart-shaped base, with a somewhat wrinkled texture and toothed margins” (Wikipedia). Because of its purple flowers, wood betony is sometimes called purple betony. The uses of wood betony date back to ancient times. Originally, this plant was used it protect oneself from sorcery, ghosts and bad dreams. However, it was discovered that this plant was effective in treating many ailments and conditions because of its healing properties. I have been using herbal remedies for one ailment and another. It not only is safer and less expensive than prescription and over-the-counter medications, I also save money with fewer trips to the doctor.
Wood betony has calming properties. This plant is very beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety, stress and insomnia. Taking wood betony to help alleviate stress also helps your heart at the same time. When you have high levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, your arteries get clogged up with fatty buildup. This causes high blood pressure, because your heart has to work faster to move the blood through the arteries. This in turn can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Taking passion flower can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. Therefore it also can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke. Taking it will also speed up your metabolism. When your metabolism is increased, more fat will be burned.
Wood betony contains saponins. These are effective in preventing atherosclerosis. This is also known as hardening of the arteries. This condition happens when you have a high amount of bad cholesterol in your body. When your arteries become clogged up with fatty buildup, it is harder for the blood to move to and from your heart. By taking wood betony, you are reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in your body and improving your circulation system at the same time.
Wood betony has diuretic properties. These are effective in treating and preventing kidney infections and stones.
Wood betony contains astringent properties. It is used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, warts, corns and calluses. It is also used to treat bruises, cuts, burns and sores.
By soaking the petals in warm water and placing them on the skin, marigold clears up acne and helps reduce the oil on skin. It is also very good at treating conditions such as Psoriasis.
Wood betony is a natural pain reliever because of its anti-inflammatory properties. People who suffer from headaches, migraines, toothaches, arthritic pain, sprains and joint and muscle pain can find immediate relief either when taking lavender as a capsule or massage oil. It is even effective in relieving pain after an individual has an operation.
Using wood betony as a supplement is an excellent way to aid to your digestive system. If you eat a spicy meal or over indulge at the all you can eat buffet, a little ginger goes a long way in relieving symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, gas, bloating, and nausea. It is also effective in cleaning you liver of toxins and treating gallstones. Woody betony also contains antiviral properties. If you are suffering from the stomach flu, drinking a tea that contains this herb helps relieve you of vomiting and diarrhea. If you include wood betony in your daily diet, the antiviral properties of this herb may protect from catching the stomach flu and other viral infections.
Wood betony contains expectorant properties. This herb helps with respiratory problems such as
Where to Purchase Wood Betony
You can grow your own wood betony or collect it from the wild. By collecting the flowers and leaves and drying them, you can make a whole variety of herbs. You can even collect the oil from the plant and make your own extracts. However, this can be a time consuming process. You can find a wide variety of products at your local health food store. You can purchase wood betony as:
You can also purchase wood betony online at sites such as Amazon and EBay.
If you are pregnant or nursing avoid using wood betony.
The flowers and leaves are the main parts of the wood betony plant that is used for medical purposes. They do have a bitter taste. Therefore, used a small amount the first time you use wood betony until you acquire a taste.
While wood betony is safe, with little side effects, some people get an upset stomach after using it.
Wood betony can be found in most open woodland. However, if you are planning to collect this plant from the wild, get advice from a qualified herbalist since poisonous plants can be confused for wood betony.
If you are on blood pressure medicine, do not use wood betony. It may cause you blood pressure to drop too low.
Before you start any herbal remedy always talk to your doctor. Even though it is safe to take, it can interact with any other medications and vitamins you are taking.