Also Known as Stachys officinalis, Betony, Lousewort, Bishopwort, Lpusewort, Purple Betony, Common Hedge-Nettle, and Spiked Betony.
Farming Type: Organic
"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, a chief physician to the Roman emperor Caesar August, cataloged 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.
Centuries of European herbalists used wood betony as a calming remedy and to treat eczema, hives, and shingles. Wood betony teas also treat sore throats caused by allergies or colds, heartburn, and inflammation due to infections of the urinary tract. The herb is used in combination with other treatments to remove intestinal parasites.
NOTE: Russian research indicates that the traditional warning for nursing mothers not to use wood betony is not warranted. Drink the tea at a meal for maximum benefit.
In Magick, Wood Betony is used in protection and purification rituals. It is ruled by Jupiter and Fire and has also been used in dream magick, mainly to protect the sleeper from bad dreams. It is the traditional herb of Midsummer but can be added to any incense or blend to enhance the powers of purification and protection. In ancient times, it was believed that no evil could cross a protective line drawn by Wood Betony and many people would either plant it or spread it around the home for protection.
Keywords: Protection, Purification, Love
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