Traditionally used to help support symptoms of diarrhea, chronic headache, asthma, coughs, anxiety and more. *
"So happy to find a source for Wood Betony tisane. I am a huge tea drinker (I use only loose teas and I drink black, white, green and everything in between). Sometimes, particularly in the evening, I have some sort of herbal tisane instead of caffin..." -- Jennifer
Wood Betony, also referred to as Bishopswort, and simply as Betony, is a member of the mint family found in Europe, and was once held in high regard by ancient folk healers. Used as a herbal product for a host of human ills ranging from the common cold to warding off supernatural spirits, Betony is still used by herbal practitioners, though for a much more limited set of maladies.
Current use of the dried herb of Betony involves the use of a liquid extract or infusion as a herb that can be used for chronic headaches and to help support anxiety and nervousness. Wood Betony can also be used in supporting palpitations, asthma, coughs, and kidney stones. Like most herbs, Wood Betony possesses mild astringent properties, for which it is occasionally recommended to help support diarrhea, or as a mouthwash to soothe mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.
Betony contains relatively high amounts of tannin, explaining its astringent activity. It also contains choline, alkaloids and glycosides. One glycoside has been shown to help support healthy blood pressure levels, possibly supporting its use to help support anxiety and headaches.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and natural sweetener to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
So happy to find a source for Wood Betony tisane. I am a huge tea drinker (I use only loose teas and I drink black, white, green and everything in between). Sometimes, particularly in the evening, I have some sort of herbal tisane instead of caffinated tea. Wood Betony is delightful.
In Rodales Herb Encyclopedia they begin the entry on Betony with a scene of waking up on a cold morning when it had snowed during the night and what a good day it is to stay inside and curl up with an afghan, a good book, a cup of wood betony tisane and some chocolate chip cookies! Betony really is a great substitute for black tea and I always think of that passage in Rodales book when I think of Betony! Although it is terrific on a cold snowy day, you don't have to wait to make a cup of Wood Betony tisane.
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