Description: Found in meadows and forest edges in Europe, this perennial is known as a well-rounded herb in general medical use. It stands between 6 and 24 inches tall at full maturity. It has hairy leaves that grow opposite.
Astrology: Jupiter in Aries
Lore: Betony was thought to be a protective herb, and it would keep one safe from nightmares, travelling at night, and even against the things that go bump in the night. Betony was planted on grave stones to help the newly departed rest in peace. Lore also says that Betony will lose its energy when it comes into contact with iron.
Parts Used: All
• Burn to purify a place or item
• Burn to banish disharmony in a relationship
• Fill a dream pillow to banish nightmares
• Grow around the house to aid in protection against harmful magic
• Sachets will draw love and strengthen the body
• Sachets or Amulets will banish hostile magic or spirits
• Scatter around the perimeter of your home to ward against harmful energies
(This is an herb that works slowly over time, but has good results)
• Drink tea for:
○ Joint pain
○ May lower blood pressure
○ Nasal congestion
○ Sleep issues
• Gargle tea for sore throat
• Compress for cuts & bug bites
• Tincture to be used for nasal congestion
Resources: Encyclopedia of Natural Magic by John Michael Greer, Witchipedia.