Magickal uses include purification, protection, and the expulsion of evil spirits, nightmares, and despair
Excellent for magickal healing and protecting against dark fears of the emotions & imagination.
A good addition to dream pillows.
Carry in an amulet to draw love and strengthen the body.
Burn to banish disharmony in a relationship.
Pass through the smoke of burning wood betony at Midsummer to purify the body of ills and evils.
Burn with any uncrossing incense to defeat witchcraft.
Also Called: Betony, Bishopswort, Stachys Betonica, Lousewort
Wood betony was at one time commonly used as a medicinal plant in the treatment of a wide range of disorders, especially as a nervine and tonic for treating maladies of the head and as an external application to wounds.
It also stimulates the digestive system and the liver, having an overall tonic effect upon the body.
It is anthelmintic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, mildly cathartic, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, mildly emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, sedative, sternutatory, tonic and vulnerary.
It is taken in the treatment of “frayed nerves”, pre-menstrual complaints, poor memory and tension.
It can be taken in combination with herbs such as comfrey, Symphytum officinale, and lime flowers, Tilia species, to treat sinus headaches and congestion.
Wood betony can be taken on its own, or with yarrow, Achillea millefolium, to staunch nosebleeds.
A pinch of the powdered herb will provoke violent sneezing and it has been used as part of a herbal snuff mixture in the treatment of headaches.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh plant. It is used in the treatment of asthma and excessive perspiration.