Wood Betony is very safe and effective for headaches, muscle aches, tension, stress, for skin rashes, for respiratory system and others. It has a slow and mild effect that accumulates over time. Most people want something that works right now, but that is not always a good way to go… slow and easy is great for our stressed out life styles.
Wood Betony or Stachys officinalis which is part of the mint family grows in Europe, China, Asia, India, and even in the US. It loves grassy plains and this herb has beautiful purple flowers making it beautiful in gardens. Wood betony has been used successfully for hundreds of years. In fact in Italy there is an old saying: “Sell your coat and buy betony.” And down through history wood betony has been used for treating just about anything… and it works great!
Put a teaspoon of wood betony into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 2-3 times per day.
If you have a sore throat then gargling with betony tea will do wonders.
Wood betony is wonderful for stiff necks, sore and tight muscles, muscles cramps, and any time you have muscle pain.
Wood betony works wonders for tension headaches.
Wood betony also works well for stress and anxiety… helping you to relax.
Wood betony also works well as a topical anti-inflammatory agent for skin rashes, mouth sores… and other mucosal inflammations.
Wood betony has also been used to effectively treat nerve pain from diabetic problems… and the pain associated with shingles and facial nerve pain.
Wood betony is a good diuretic making it great for improving urine flow and helping to detox the body.
Wood betony also relaxes the smooth muscles of bronchi thus opening up the lungs… great for asthma and bronchitis.
Wood betony has also been used to detox the liver and improve liver function… but no human studies have been done to prove this.
A study in Russia showed that wood betony has the ability to lower blood pressure over a period of time.
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