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|Betony||Wood Betony||St.Paul's Betony|
|CAUTION!! Excess causes diarrhea and vomiting. Not to be taken by PREGNANT women!|
|Do not confuse with true Wood Betony which belongs to the Pedicularis genus.|
Culpeper: "...it preserves the liver and bodies of men from the danger of epidemical deseases, and from witchcraft also"|
and "...this is a precious herb, well worth keeping in your house."
Italian proverb: "Sell your coat and buy Betony."
Spanish proverb: "He has as many virtues as Betony."
Richarde Banks 'Herball': "Eat Beony or the powder thereof and you cannot be drunken that day."
Gerard (1597): "It maketh a man to pisse well."
Herbarium Apuleii (c. 9th century): "...it is good whether for a man's soul or his body; it shields him against visions and dreams."