Wood Betony Plant - organic

Wood Betony Plant - organic
Remedy for the head in particular as well as digestive distress, heartburn, nervous tension, anxiety and depression, sleep, migraine, nerve & muscle pain, kidneys & bladder, soothes & calms.
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Beautiful Wood Betony (also known as Hedge Nettle) has a long history of medicinal use and has been revered in many cultures. The Gaelic name for Wood Betony is lis bheathag, or Life Plant.

“Betony was once the sovereign remedy for all maladies of the head, and its properties as a nervine and tonic are still acknowledged,” (Grieves, 1971).

Nerves, Anxiety, Stress, Sleep - Betony works by toning and strengthening the nervous system while simultaneously soothing nervous tension.
She helps relieve stress and tension from the mind and body.  So powerful, it often only takes one sip of an infusion to feel the shoulders fall and the muscles begin to melt and soften. 
It can help us unwind and get a better sleep.

Wood Betony has a particular affinity to the muscles of the face, neck, shoulders, and middle back, where it acts as a skeletal muscle relaxant.
Helpful also for relieving toothaches.

Headaches - Long associated with the head, it help relieve headaches, particularly if they are caused by tension. It is a wonderful addition to any sleep formula and helps support healthy sleep, especially if wakefulness is caused by those “churning thoughts that just wont stop.”

Think of Wood Betony as an all-around remedy for headache, especially if it's caused by a nervous or digestive origin. 

Digestion - As a tonic it has long been associated with the solar plexus region of the body and is an excellent digestive tonic. It improves circulation and harmonizes the functions of the digestive system. 

In combination with its calming effects, it is excellent for digestive distress caused by nervous tension, anxiety, and depression.  It can stimulate weak digestion while its also soothes and calms.  So it can be great for easing the symptoms of inflammatory digestive conditions. 
It is slightly warming and gently invigorates the system. It stimulates the appetite and supports those that are emaciated and depleted. Helpful for relieving tension and gas, heartburn

Memory & Concentration - Wood Betony improves memory and concentration, much like Gingko, but more effective.  In combination with its calming effect, it is excellent for exams and other stressful situations that require focus (think of Rosemary for this also).
It is invigorating (without stimulating), toning, and nervine properties combine to make it a wonderful herb for the elderly and those recovering from long illness. 

Wounds - Externally, it has similar wound healing properties as yarrow (perfect for nosebleeds) and is excellent as a wash for burns. Additionally, you can make a poultice out of this herb to heal wounds, bruises, swellings, sore muscles, varicose veins, and tumours.

Kidney Function - Wood betony can be helpful for urinary, bladder and kidney pain. It has a diuretic action, which helps to increase urinary rate. This may help to remove toxins from the urinary system, in turn enhancing kidney function. Diuretic action of wood betony may also help to urinary tract infections (UTI).

Respiratory Problems - Wood betony help to relieve asthma and respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis. The expectorant properties of wood betony may help to soften the buildup of thick mucus. This will assist in helping drainage of mucus, and easing sinus congestion.

Emotionally and spiritually - Wood Betony helps to root and ground and is perfect for those who are  “spacey” and not connected to their body and the earth.
It's a wonderful remedy for bringing one back into their body and becoming reacquainted with the older instinctual knowing residing in the solar plexus, or ‘gut’.
Wood Betony also appears to have the curious effect of increasing dream recall; the dreams are more lucid and often include the appearance of a benevolent being or ally. William Salmon, writing in early 16th century England, describes one of Wood Betony’s actions as “incarnative “.

Tonic - It's good to remember that Wood Betony is not a herb that fixes things quickly, it is not a 'remedy' like many of our other herbs. Wood Betony is a tonic, which means it helps the body to fix itself, slowly, and return to balance.

It's been noted by herbalists that people's eyes get brighter when they use Wood Betony for a time. It has an uplifting effect on the mind and the spirits; it is certainly a true brain tonic and it is of unquestionable value in the ageing brain as a protector against decline of the mental powers.

Yellow Dye - The leaves and flowering tops of Wood Betony can be used as a tea substitute, and a yellow dye can be made from the leaves.

Safe to use for the young or old, and during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

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