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BETONY  

WATER BETONY  (BETONICA AQUATICA)
 

The Water Betony is also known as Water Figwort with the botanical name of Scrophularia auriculata. It is not related to the Wood Betony, although it resernbles it. It is also called Brown-wort and, in Yorkshire, Bishop's-leaves. It rises up with square, hard stalks set with dark green leaves. The flowers are many, set at the tops of stalks and branches, and are reddish-purple.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---The leaves are used externally in the form of a poultice for haemorrhoids, ulcers and wounds.

It is appropriated more to wounds and hurts in breasts than Wood Betony. The leaves bruised and applied are effectual for old and filthy ulcers, especially if the juice of the leaves be boiled with a little honey and dipped therein and sores dressed therewith; also for bruises or hurts, whether inward or outward.
 

WOOD BETONY (Stachys Betonica) (Betonica officinalis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

---Medicinal Action and Uses---Betony was once the sovereign remedy for all maladies of the head, and its properties as a nervine and tonic are still acknowledged, though it is more frequently employed in combination with other nervines than alone. It is useful in hysteria, palpitations pain in the head and face, neuralgia and all nervous affections.

As an aromatic, it has also astringent and alterative action, and combined with other remedies is used as a tonic in dyspepsia and as an alterative in rheumatism, scrofula and impurities of the blood.

The weak infusion forms a very acceptable substitute for tea, and in this way is extensively used in many localities. It has somewhat the taste of tea and all the good qualities of it, without the bad ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.