Wood betony - 60 capsules - Herbal Collection
Woodbetony - 60 capsules - Herbal Collection
Wood betony, derived from the Stachys officinalis (or Betonica officinalis) plant, is a traditional herbal remedy with various properties and benefits:
- Nervine: Wood betony is known for its calming effect on the nervous system, making it useful for alleviating stress, anxiety, and nervous tension.
- Digestive Aid: Wood betony can help support digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion, bloating, and gas.
- Antispasmodic: Wood betony possesses antispasmodic properties that may help reduce muscle spasms, cramps, and tension headaches.
- Astringent: Wood betony acts as an astringent, which can help tighten and tone tissues, making it beneficial for skin health and wound healing.
- Anti-inflammatory: Wood betony has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions.
- Respiratory Support: Wood betony has been traditionally used to relieve respiratory issues such as coughs, bronchitis, and asthma.
- Circulatory Tonic: Wood betony is considered a circulatory tonic, as it may help improve blood circulation and reduce the risk of varicose veins.
Note: While wood betony offers numerous benefits, it is essential to use it responsibly and consult a healthcare professional before incorporating it into your routine, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a pre-existing health condition.
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International Latin denomination
Description and habitat
- Perennial grass with a thick stump, common in France
- Woods, moors or pastures on siliceous soils
- Single rod with square section, up to 50 cm
- Leaves opposite ovate with a heart-shaped base, crenate margin
- Ovoid spike inflorescence by coexistence of storied floral whorls
- Flowers with bilabiate corolla, red, pink or even white
History and tradition
- Formerly very famous
- It was one of the great medieval panaceas for its vulnerary properties
- Vulnerable species or Swiss tea from the 1949 Codex:
- Its sneeze leaves were sometimes used in tobacco, causing a sneeze and "clearing the brain"
- Leaf, root, whole plant
Dosage forms available
Main components of the plant
- Lactones of amino alcohols : stachydrin ( amino alcohol from the betaine family )
- Complexe glucosidique
- Lithospermic acid (?)
- Glycosides de phényléthanoïdes : bétonyosides A-F, acétoside, campnéosides II, forsythoside B, leucosceptoside B 
- Diterpenes : AD concreteicosides, concreteicolide in the roots 
Main components of buds or young shoots
Main components of essential oil
- Béchique, émolliente, expectorante
- Carminative, cholagogue
- Sternuatoire, émétique
- Hypotensive (complexe glucosidique) 
- Antioxidant 
- A related species, Stachys lavandulifolia Vahl. is anxiolytic 
- Lithospermic acid is contraceptive and antihormonal
Properties of essential oil
Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)
- Catarrhal bronchitis
- Sinusitis  , dental problems 
- Gallstones, heartburn, hypertension, migraines and neuralgia (?)
- As an ointment for wounds
Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)
Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)
Known or suspected mode of action
- Antihormonal properties (?) which would be due to lithospermic acid ( polyphenol having antigonadotropic, antithyrotropic, antiprolactin properties)
- French Pharmacopoeia list A (sheet)
Possible side effects and precautions for use
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Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.
Do not exceed the daily dose.
This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.
If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.
This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.