Wood Betony

Betonica officinalis (Synonyms: Stachys officinalis, Stachys betonica)

Folk names: Herb of St. Bride, Bride's Comb, Bishopwort

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Planet: Jupiter
Element: Fire
Gender: Masculine

Warning: Ingestion

The Witchlist does NOT suggest using Wood Betony on yourself or anyone else without medical advisement. It is considered safe to use, however the dosage is very important to which of its effects are most pronounced. 

That said, we're witches. Throw it in your cauldron with intention and watch it burn for all its magic and medicine.

​Magical Uses

  • House Blessing

  • Love

  • Prosperity

  • Purification

  • Ward against bad luck, anxiety, despair

Medicinal Uses

(This information has been collected from Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine as well as The Herbal Academy of New England, it has NOT been confirmed by Licensed Herbalist)

  • Alterative

  • Anodyne

  • Antidiarrheal

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Antispasmodic

  • Antithelmintic

  • Aromatic

  • Astringent

  • Bitter

  • Carminative

  • Cerebrotonic

  • Choloagogue

  • Digestive

  • Diffusive

  • Emmenagogue

  • Hypotensive

  • Nervine

  • Relaxant

  • Restorative

  • Sedative

  • Stimulant

  • Tonic

  • Vulnerary

WARNING: Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any 

Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.


Part of the reason that we list Medical Jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking 

what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantagous. Too much of a good thing, eh?