Planetary Associations: Jupiter
Astrological Associations: Aquarius
Chakra Associations: Throat + Crown
Magical Properties: Protection, Purification, Love, Midsummer
Healing Properties: Analgesic, Nervine, Sedative
Botanical Name: Stachys officinalis
Origin: Central + Southern Europe
Wood Betony has long been celebrated as a protective and purificatory herb. It is believed that the plant protected the wearer's soul as well as the body and that when placed beneath your pillow, it shields the sleeper from visions and dreams. Wood Betony can be added to purification and protection mixtures and incense, and it is traditional to burn it in a fire on Midsummer and jump through the smoke to purify the body of evil. It protects the home if scattered by the door and window.
Wood Betony is an analgesic nervine that relaxes tension in the muscles. It is frequently used in formulas for headaches and is used to relieve middle back pain and tension, facial pain and muscle tension. It is helpful for people whose minds are overactive and stressed and helps ease tension in one's thoughts and emotions. Wood Betony is an uplifting and slightly warming relaxing aromatic.
**Always consult a physician before using herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medication(s). These herbs, resins, roots, flowers, and powders are meant to be used for spell and ritual work.