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Stachys officinales
plant overview
worthy and virtuous, wood betony

Wood betony herb is a tall, flowering perennial in the mint family commonly found in open meadows and pastures in western Asia, North Africa and most of Europe. At one time, it was so highly valued by Italian herbalists in making wood betony tea, that advice to “sell your coat and buy betony” was often heard, in Spain it was a complement of the highest order to be described as “he has as many virtues as betony.” wood betony benefits are mostly related to use as a mouthwash or as a nerve tonic.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on wood betony

Stachys officinalis is a perennial grassland herb of the Lamiaceae family.

Wood betony, as it is commonly called, grows to 1 to 2 feet in height (30 to 60 cm).

Wood betony's somewhat wrinkly leaves are stalked on upright stems. They are narrowly oval, with a heart-shaped base, and have toothed margins. The calyx is 5–7 mm long, with 5 teeth, and is edged with bristles. The corolla is 1–1.5 cm in length. Its upper is lip flat, and appears almost straight when seen from the side. The anthers stick straight out. The plant flowers in mid summer from July to September.

common names & nomenclature
The common name betony is believed to derive from the ancient Celtic words bew meaning "head" and ton meaning "good". The word stachys comes from the Greek, and means "an ear of grain," it refers to the fact that the inflorescence is often a spike.

Also known as:
wood betony, bishopswort, betony, stachys betonica, lousewort, purple betony, betoine, betonie

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting wood betony

Wood betony grows in dry grassland, meadows and open woods in sun to part shade.

The wood betony plant prefers a light moist neutral to acid soil, it is a characteristic plant of heavy soils.

Sow seed in spring in a cold frame. Transplant out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the garden in the summer. Can also divide plants in spring or almost any time of the year. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent garden locations.

The whole plant is collected when in flower in the summer and can be dried for later use.

Store dried wood betony herb in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

medicinal Uses

Typically the dried herb is used to make teas and tinctures. Wood betony is also used to make a strong infusion for use as natural mouthwash and gargle. It tastes similar to black tea and is often combined with other suitable tea herbs, such as chamomile.

Wood betony infusion

Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried wood betony. Infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Use as a mouthwash and gargle.

What is wood betony good for?

Gargled it can help alleviate the toothaches and the powder taken with a little honey in some vinegar is good for refreshing those that are wearied by travel. Wood betony is traditionally served as tea “for the head” and as a nerve tonic. The leaves have a fairly high tannin content, which give infusions an astringent quality when applied to the skin. A whiff of the powdered herb usually incites a sneeze. In fact, wood betony was often an ingredient in snuff.

Where in the World

habitat and range for wood betony

Stachys officinalis is native to both Europe and Asia. It grows in most of Europe, western Asia and North Africa. In the British Isles it is common in England and Wales, but is rarely found in Ireland or northern Scotland.

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