Although held in high regard by the Anglo-Saxons, who had some 29 medicinal uses for the plant, wood betony has now largely fallen out of fashion. However, it is an excellent remedy for headaches and nervous upsets, is useful for liver and respiratory disorders, and it also makes a pleasant tisane for everyday drinking.
Parts used: Aerial parts
Actions: Sedative, bitter digestive remedy, nervine, circulatory tonic particularly for cerebral circulation, astringent
Used in: Infusions, tinctures, poultices, mouthwashes and gargles, tonic wines
Cautions: Avoid in pregnancy except during labour