Wood Betony for health
This modest, low-maintenance plant will brighten the whole garden by its color flowers. Butterflies, bees, bumblebees, beetles, ants and all the little animals, what they like nectar, love it.
Stachys officinalis Betonica officinalis
An old Italian proverb, ' Sell your coat and buy Betony,' shows what value was placed on its healing abilities. Antonius Musa, chief physician to the famous Emperor Augustus, wrote a whole book about this plant and her impact on health.
Mathioli writes that it is the nature of hot and dry, in the second level it has dwindling, splitting and stripping power, as it shows her bitterness and peppery hint.
Another name Betonica officinalis L. indicates a fundamental property - cleansing at the physiological and mental level.
Its effect is in the areas of the digestive, respiratory, urinary, blood and the nervous system. The queen of our herbs helps to heal from contemporary diseases such as respiratory allergies to asthma, problems with indigestion from the stomach to the large intestine, slightly reduces blood pressure, is mentioned the anti-cancer effect and help to stop smoking.
Important nowadays is the calming influence for nervous diseases (neurosis, insomnia, slight depression, epilepsy, nervous exhaustion), and also helps to dissolve many mental worries and fears.
For common colds, coughs, sinusitis caused by viruses I use flower betony blossom marinated in honey. In warm water I put a teaspoonful of the mixture, let it melt slowly and can drink.
Freshly picked flowers around noon I put into the glass.
I pour out in layers of liquid honey gradually. If honey is crystallized, gently warm it up to dissolve, up to 40 ° C. After capping jars I wait a month until the medicinal substances are absorbed into the honey. Then we can use.