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Wood Betony

  • Stachys officinalis
  • Origin: Bulgaria
Wood Betony

SKU
w_b1oz

Common Name

Standardized: wood betony

Botanical Name

Stachys officinalis (L.) Trevis.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Synonyms

Betonica officinalis, Stachys betonica

Overview

Introduction

"Sell your coat and buy betony," admonished an Italian proverb of the Middle Ages. Wood betony was once considered an herbal "magic bullet" for dispelling a wide variety of diseases. Antonius Musa, chief physician to the Roman emperor Caesar August, catalogued 47 conditions he treated with the herb. Wood betony is an herb native to Europe bearing a spike of purple flowers on a long, central stem reaching 1-2 feet (60 to 90 cm) high. All the leaves are rough to the touch and are also fringed with short, fine hairs; their whole surface is dotted with glands containing a bitter, aromatic oil.

Constituents

Betaine, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, harpagide, rosmarinic acid, stachydrine, tannins.

Parts Used

The whole herb, collected in dry weather.

Typical Preparations

Gargles, extracts and teas. Seldom found encapsulated.

Precautions

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.