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

 

Why infuse Dandelion & Water?

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

by Renee Lindstrom

Dandelion Infused Water

The picture above shows spring and summers first blossoms in our morning infused water that starts our day at Inside Awareness for Healthy Lifestyles.  For stronger liver support, increasing bile dandelion leaves will be added too!  The qualities in the leaves are stronger than in the flowers.  This includes bitterness.  While the flowers are sweet the greens are bitter.

Drinking  infused water with immune system builders is one way to protect ones own health to ensure ongoing wellness.


Why dandelion infused water?

  • Gentle laxative
  • Antibacteral
  • Source of antioxidants
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Relieve’s pain, cramps & depression (headaches, backaches, menstrual cramps)
  • Supports vision with a Compound called  helenin that is helpful for night vision and Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 good the eyes
  • Preventative for boils, skin infections, tuberculosis

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More on other plants; flowers, leaves, stems and roots for infusing water go to Inventory of a backyard forager.  


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

Dandelion Flower Tea Recipe

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

by Renee Lindstrom

Dandelion: Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Pick & Rinse 8 to 12 fresh flowers (organic & untreated)

12 oz of boiling water

Honey (optional sweetener)

Pour hot water over fresh flower and let steep for up to five minutes. 
 Filter dandelion tea infusion and sweeten to taste. 
Enjoy your tea moment!
(Imaginative memories of reading Classic - Wind & the Willows come to mind)

Why dandelion blossom tea?

  • Antibacteral
  • Source of antioxidants
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Relieve’s pain, cramps & depression (headaches, backaches, menstrual cramps)
  • Supports vision with a Compound called  helenin that is helpful for night vision and Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 good the eyes
  • Preventative for boils, skin infections, tuberculosis

Buy Canadian Dandelion Seeds

Buy Dried Dandelion Roots

Buy Dried Dandelion Leaves

 

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