Information on Wood Betony

Latin NameStachys officinalis
Other NamesBishopswort
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsNervous system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA Mint family perennial with rounded, toothed, lance-shaped leaves and purple flower whorls arranged in an oblong spike.
DescriptionWood betony contains sedative properties and has long been used for headache, particularly when due to tension and anxiety. It is often recommended for neuralgia and to strengthen the nervous system. Wood betony makes a good-tasting black tea substitute because of its refreshing astringent taste.

Wood Betony has a taste of BITTER, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1 dropperful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Wood Betony

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Headache, acutenervinetincture, tea
Neuralgianervinetincture, tea
Anxietysedativetincture, tea


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