Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis)

Hardy perennial reaching 50cm/20in high with spikes of purple/red flowers from June-August. Favours damp and shady locations.

Wood Betony is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of headaches, relieving nervous stress and tension and improving nervous function.  Being mildly bitter, it stimulates the digestive system and liver and has a good overall tonic effect on the body.

Aerial parts of the plant are used as a tea.