Wood Betony -   Czyściec lekarski (Bukwica zwyczajna) - Betonica officinalis

Wood Betony - Czyściec lekarski (Bukwica zwyczajna) - Betonica officinalis

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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.

Used for Hundreds of Years – 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!

Taste – Betony tea tastes a lot like black tea… and thus it’s very pleasing to most people.

Ayurvedic Medicine – In Ayurvedic Medicine in India wood betony has been used for hundreds of years as a very safe herb in combination with other herbs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – In China wood betony also is used in combination with 4 or 5 other herbs for many health problems. In TCM wood betony is used with ashwagandha root, licorice root, ginseng, and Chinese hawthorn berries as a tonic for good health. And wood betony has been used in TCM for treating colds, flues, and sore throats.

Mild and Cumulative Effect – Wood betony 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.

Gargle – If you have a sore throat then gargling with betony tea will do wonders.

Great for Tight Muscles – Wood betony is wonderful for stiff necks, sore and tight muscles, muscles cramps, and any time you have muscle pain.

Wonderful for Headaches – Wood betony works wonders for tension headaches.

Stress and Anxiety – Wood betony also works well for stress and anxiety… helping you to relax.

Skin Rashes – Wood betony also works well as a topical anti-inflammatory agent for skin rashes, mouth sores… and other mucosal inflammations.

Nerve Pain and Shingles – Wood betony has also been used to effectively treat nerve pain from diabetic problems… and the pain associated with shingles and facial nerve pain.

Diuretic – Wood betony is a good diuretic making it great for improving urine flow and helping to detox the body.

Respiratory System – Wood betony also relaxes the smooth muscles of bronchi thus opening up the lungs… great for asthma and bronchitis.

Liver Function – Wood betony has also been used to detox the liver and improve liver function… but no human studies have been done to prove this.

Lowers Blood Pressure – A study in Russia showed that wood betony has the ability to lower blood pressure over a period of time.

Anti-inflammatory – Wood betony also works well as a good anti-inflammatory agent for arthritis, joint pain, swelling, and redness.

Migraines – Wood betony works wonders for migraines. Plus wood betony is commonly used in combination with Jamaican dogwood and black cohosh for headaches and migraines.

GI Problems – In Europe wood betony helps with diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, bloating and soothes the GI tract. Wood betony is a good astringent thus soothing the GI tract and get rid of diarrhea.

UTI – Wood betony also helps with the pain and swelling associated with bladder infections and kidney stones.

Sinusitis – In Europe sinusitis is commonly treated with wood betony because it also has anti-inflammatory qualities.

Wine Tonic for Stress – A wine tonic for the stress and anxiety can be made by taking a bottle of inexpensive white wine and adding 50 grams of wood betony, 25 grams of vervain, and 25 grams of hyssops and then set the bottle in a warm sunny area of your house for 2 weeks… then place in the frig. Drink a 1/4 cup of the wine for stress and anxiety once, twice, or even three times a day.

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