Stachys/Betonica officinalis

Betony - Stachys/Betonica officinalis (in the Lamiaceae or Mint family)

Part used: Aerial parts in the bud stage.

Taste/smell: Slight bitterness.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh plant or 1:5 dry plant liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Mental picture and specific indications: Betony has an affinity for persons who are non-assertive, lack interest in the world and have a sense of not being "grounded." An emphasis is on gastro-intestinal irritability and a lack of cerebral circulation causing ischemia and pain.

Use: (a) Nervine, (b) Stomachic.

It is used as a gentle stimulating tonic with emphasis upon the cerebral circulation and neuralgic and ischemic conditions affecting the head. Betony is indicated for gastro-intestinal irritability, chronic rheumatism, sciatica, ischemic headaches, strokes and pains in the head and face.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.