Betony (Stachys officinalis)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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Betony

Also known as: common hedgenettle, betony, purple betony, wood betony, bishopwort, or bishop’s wort

Uses:  Dye, Herbal, Tea, Medicinal, Poultice, Topical Skin Products, Sleep Aid

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Preparation:  Tea, Tinctures, Flower Essence, Skin Care, Soap-making, Lotions, Ointments, Infused Water

 

 


  • Symbolizes: Protection, Purification, Love
  • Language of Flowers:  Surprise, Healing
  • Associated with: Jupiter
  • Element:  Water
  • Governed by:  Venus, 3rd Chakra

Properties

Betony is anthelmintic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, mildly cathartic, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, mildly emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, sedative, sternutatory, tonic and vulnerary.


Culinary

The leaves can be brewed into a caffeine-free substitute for black tea similar in flavour and colour.

Health and Wellness

Betony works directly on the nervous system and is a remedy for headaches and nervous tension and in combination with its muscle relaxing properties it makes an effective remedy for sleep issues.  Betony can be taken for anxiety, headaches, pre-menstrual complaints, poor memory and tension.   It’s astringent properties makes it an effective mouth wash and topical for wounds.

Dye Plant

Picked fresh, all parts of the plants are used to make dye.  Used with Alum it produces chartreuse.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2020  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

Yellow Bedstraw (Galium verum)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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Our Lady’s Bedstraw

Also known as: Catchstraw, Cheese Rennet,  Lady’s Bedstraw, Maid’s Hair, Our Lady’s Bedstraw, Petty Mugget, Yellow Bedstraw, Yellow Cleavers

Uses:  Culinary, Dye, Herbal, Tea, Medicinal, Poultice, Topical Skin Products

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Preparation:  Tea, Tinctures, Vinegar,Oil, Flower Essence, Skin Care, Soap-making, Lotions, Ointments, Infused Water

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  • Symbolizes:  Love, Rejoicing, Rudeness
  • Associated with: New hope, ideas and grace. Freedom from the past, vulnerability, and release of grief and sorrow.
  • Element:  Water
  • Governed by:  Venus

Yellow Bed-straw was once used to stuff mattress. It has been written that Mary stuffed the bed for Baby Jesus with Yellow Bed-straw.  It has a fresh fragrance of vanilla and cut grass.

Culinary

  • The seeds are edible and can be roasted and ground into a caffeine-free, coffee substitute.
  • The young shoots can be boiled for ten to fifteen minutes as a veggie topped with butter or  added to a salad.
  • The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • The leaves and stems can be used as a curdling agent in cheese making.
  • The flowers infused in water creates a refreshing beverage.

Health and Wellness

Lady’s Bed-straw has been used for treating cancer, epilepsy, hysteria, spasms, tumors, loss of appetite, gravel, stone or urinary disorders, and chest and lung ailments. It is also used to increase urine output (as a diuretic) for relieving water retention, especially swollen ankles. It soothes reddened skin, reduces inflammation making it useful in  a poultice for cuts, skin infections, slow-healing wounds etc.

Well known Herbalist Culpepper suggested the juice from this plant for earaches.

The leaves, stems and flowering shoots are antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, and high in C making them good for spring tonic and scurvy.  As a wash or lotion, it is said to fade freckles and sunburn and great for psoriasis.

Dye Plant

A yellow dye is made from the flowering stems and used as food colouring and hair dye, and red dyes are extracted from its roots. A yellow dye is obtained from the flowering tops.

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Recent research by Schmidt et al (2014) has supported Galium verums traditional use as an anticancer remedy, as it demonstrated DNA protection against benzapyrene, a toxic compound in cigarette smoke.


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2020  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Gardening for the Crown Chakra: Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Violet Rainbow

Violet Crown Chakra Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

Adding dimension and balance to your gardening lifestyle can be as simple as integrating the value of each plant beyond their aesthetics in landscaping.  You may be surprised that some of your garden plants are considered nutritious and that others interact with various physiological and neurological body functions.  Interactions that enhance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

In the box above are some trees, shrubs and garden plants that are considered to be in the essence of the Crown Chakra grown in the Greater Victoria gardens of this author.  The garden has become a valued learning resource enhancing the quality of this authors environment, life and relationships.   When not gardening or creating  plant essences, natural dyes, oils & tinctures this author mentors others through experiential programs for cultivating personal awareness.  Programs to enhance the quality of physiological and neurological body functions,  lifestyle and relationships.

This author has learned that the benefits of cultivating an interdependent relationship and awareness of the plants growing around you increase connection, groundedness, health, safety and support.  It reduces anxiety, fear, loneliness and pain.  It also less expensive!

Violet Chakra Physiological & Neurological Body Systems← click to read more

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Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Gardening for the Throat Chakra: Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Blue Rainbow

Blue Throat Chakra Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

Adding dimension and balance to your gardening lifestyle can be as simple as integrating the value of each plant beyond their aesthetics in landscaping.  You may be surprised that some of your garden plants are considered nutritious and that others interact with various physiological and neurological body functions.  Interactions that enhance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

Throat Chakra Plants

Here are some trees, shrubs and garden plants that are considered to be in the essence of the Throat Chakra grown in the Greater Victoria gardens of this author.  The garden has become a valued learning resource enhancing the quality of this authors environment, life and relationships.   When not gardening or creating  plant essences, natural dyes, oils & tincturs this author mentors others through experiential programs for cultivating personal awareness.  Programs to enhance the quality of physiological and neurological body functions,  lifestyle and relationships.

This author has learned that the benefits of cultivating an interdependent relationship and awareness of the plants growing around you increase connection, groundedness, health, safety and support.  It reduces anxiety, fear, loneliness and pain.  It also less expensive!

Blue Chakra Physiological & Neurological Body Systems← click to read more

Blue Chakra Emotions & Best times to eat ← click to read more

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Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Gardening for the Solar Plexus Chakra: Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Yellow Rainbow

Yellow Solar Plexus Chakra Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

Adding dimension and balance to your gardening lifestyle can be as simple as integrating the value of each plant beyond their aesthetics in landscaping.  You may be surprised that some of your garden plants are considered nutritious and that others interact with various physiological and neurological body functions.  Interactions that enhance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

Here are some trees, shrubs and garden plants that are considered to be in the essence of the Solar Plexus Chakra grown in the Greater Victoria gardens of this author.  The garden has become a valued learning resource enhancing the quality of this authors environment, life and relationships.   When not gardening or creating  plant essences, natural dyes, oils & tinctures this author mentors others through experiential programs for cultivating personal awareness.  Programs to enhance the quality of physiological and neurological body functions,  lifestyle and relationships.

This author has learned that the benefits of cultivating an interdependent relationship and awareness of the plants growing around you increase connection, groundedness, health, safety and support.  It reduces anxiety, fear, loneliness and pain.  It also less expensive!

Yellow Chakra Physiological & Neurological Body Systems← click to read more

Yellow Chakra Emotions & Best times to eat ← click to read more

Feeding the Solar Plexus Chakra← click to read

Plant Essences← click to read more

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Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Gardening for the Heart Chakra: Edible, Medicinal & Tea Plants

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Green Rainbow

Green Heart Chakra Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

Adding dimension and balance to your gardening lifestyle can be as simple as integrating the value of each plant beyond their aesthetics in landscaping.  You may be surprised that some of your garden plants are considered nutritious and that others interact with various physiological and neurological body functions.  Interactions that enhance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

Heart Chakra Plants

Here are some trees, shrubs and garden plants that are considered to be in the essence of the Heart Chakra grown in the Greater Victoria gardens of this author.  The garden has become a valued learning resource enhancing the quality of this authors environment, life and relationships.   When not gardening or creating  plant essences, natural dyes, oils & tinctures this author mentors others through experiential programs for cultivating personal awareness.  Programs to enhance the quality of physiological and neurological body functions,  lifestyle and relationships.

This author has learned that the benefits of cultivating an interdependent relationship and awareness of the plants growing around you increase connection, groundedness, health, safety and support.  It reduces anxiety, fear, loneliness and pain.  It also less expensive!

Green Chakra Physiological & Neurological Body Systems← click to read more

Green Chakra Emotions & Best times to eat← click to read more

Feeding the Green Heart Chakra ← click to read

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Traditional uses and properties of foods are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Gardening for the Sacral Chakra: Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Orange Rainbow

Orange Sacral Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

Adding dimension and balance to your gardening lifestyle can be as simple as integrating the value of each plant beyond their aesthetics in landscaping.  You may be surprised that some of your garden plants are considered nutritious and that others interact with various physiological and neurological body functions.  Interactions that enhance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

Here are some trees, shrubs and garden plants that are considered to be in the essence of the Sacral Chakra grown in the Greater Victoria gardens of this author.  The garden has become a valued learning resource enhancing the quality of this authors environment, life and relationships.   When not gardening or creating  plant essences, natural dyes, oils & tinctures this author mentors others through experiential programs for cultivating personal awareness.  Programs to enhance the quality of physiological and neurological body functions,  lifestyle and relationships.

This author has learned that the benefits of cultivating an interdependent relationship and awareness of the plants growing around you increase connection, groundedness, health, safety and support.  It reduces anxiety, fear, loneliness and pain.  It also less expensive!

Orange Chakra Physiological & Neurological Body Systems← click to read more

Orange Chakra Emotions & Best times to eat← click to read more

Feeding the Sacral Chakra← click to read

Plant Essences← click to read more

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Integrate Chakra Lifestyle:  

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Traditional uses and properties of foods are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000