Wood Bettony (Betonica officinalis) was held in high regard throughout the Middle Ages and more so in Ancient Greece and Rome where Antonius Musa, chief physician to the Emperor Augustus, wrote a long treatise, showing it was (according to him) a certain cure for many ailments
It is a pretty woodland plant, seen frequently throughout England, but by no means common in Scotland. Though generally growing in woods and copses, it is occasionally to be found in more open situations, and amongst the tangled growths on heaths and moors.
It is sometimes known as Bishopswort or Woundwort
A weak infusion forms a very acceptable substitute for tea, and in this way is extensively used in many localities. It has a similar taste of tea and all the good qualities of it, without the bad ones. To make Bettony tea, pour half a litre of boiled (not boiling) water on 30 grams of the dried herb.
The herb has been used to dye wool a fine yellow.
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Jun 16, 2020
Just finished putting it up thank you!