Tea or tincture of the fresh leaves
is used to relieve pain and for headache and stress.
Modern herbalists prescribe wood betony to treat anxiety, gallstones, heartburn, high blood pressure, migraine, and neuralgia, and to prevent sweating. Used to break addictions and habits.
It can also be used as an ointment for cuts and sores. Spikes of red-purple flowers. Likes acid soil, light shade and moisture-happy in a pot of peat-based potting soil.
BOTANICAL NAME: Stachys officinalis
Sow seed into soil or potting mix that is fast-draining but rich-include some leaf mold or woodsy soil if you can. Soil shouldn't not be too alkaline. Prepare soil with compost. May be kept in a pot if you soil is not suitable. Prefers dappled sunlight in hot-summer climates, full sun in foggy or cloudy ones. Harvest just as flowering starts; entire tops may be cut for tea or tincturing. Or harvest a bit sooner and then let flowers forms for ornamental use.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 3-9/Height 3-5'/Spacing 12-24"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Bee Friendly
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