Wood Betony Herb Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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ETA: 5/21/2023
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ETA: 5/21/2023
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Wood betony, also called bishop's wort, is a grass-like perennial herb that produces a tall stalk of purple flowers.

Historically, wood betony was planted in church cemeteries to deter ghosts and tucked under pillows to prevent nightmares. Today, 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.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound 10
active compoundsCholine, Tannins, Alkaloids, Betaine
plant part usedaerial parts
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaHerbaceous with a mild, pleasant scent.


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cosmeticApply as a poultice to insect bites, cuts and other minor skin irritations.
culinaryPrepare as tea or add to herbal tea blends.
safetyDo not use during pregnancy due to the risk of stimulating uterine contractions.

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cut & sifted
wood betony herb

Tastes similar to black tea. Combine with other suitable tea herbs, such as chamomile.

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wood betony herb

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what else you should know

cut & sifted
wood betony herb

Wood betony is a perennial woodland plant in the mint family that is native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa. It is known by several alternate names, including Bishopswort and Hedgenettle.

Although the herb was known to the ancient Greeks, its reputation as a panacea peaked during the Middle Ages. Gerard tells us that “the decoction with wine gargled in the mouth easeth the toothache” 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 an ingredient in the once popular Rowley's British Herb Snuff.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.