Friday, June 13, 2008

Wood Betony As Alternative Medicine

Wood Betony As Alternative Medicine

Wood betony is an alternative medicine highly esteemed by the Italians, Spanish and Greeks. The North American Natives have used it for centuries and the Anglo-Saxons considered it to be their most important herb. It is also known as purple betony, bishopswort and betonica.

  1. It eases the symptoms of colds and flu.
  2. It reduces inflammation associated with sinusitis.
  3. It is used to treat coughs and bronchitis.
  4. It promotes proper digestion.
  5. It is a remedy for diarrhea.
  6. It is a sedative to treat anxiety.
  7. It is an effective remedy for urinary disorders.
  8. It alleviates all face pains and headaches.
  9. It is a treatment for oral and throat complaints.

Wood betony is safe when the recommended dosage is taken. The leaves are usually made into an infusion or tea. To make an infusion steep 2 teaspoonfuls of dried flower or leaves in 250ml of boiling water for 15 minutes. This herb is not to be used by pregnant or nursing women. Excessive consumption can result in mild gastrointestinal upset.

During the Middle Ages wood betony was considered a cure all medicinal plant. Wood betony was once highly revered as an alternative medicine and is still widely used today by herbalists.

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