Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria
Parts used: Aerial parts or whole plant
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Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, cholagogue, coagulant, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, hemostatic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary
Cooling and drying
Coumarins, flavanoids, minerals, tannins, vitamins B and K, volatile oil
- Agrimony is particularly useful in treating diarrhea, urinary disorders, digestive troubles, and eye conditions.
- It is known for cleansing the liver and bowels, helping to heal and tone the muscles, making it beneficial in the treatment of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also useful in treating jaundice.
- The herb is well known for the treatment of disorders with the urinary system, especially in combination with hawthorn, goldenrod, and thyme. It can ease symptoms of kidney stones and is helpful in reducing incontinence in children or the elderly.
- Agrimony was used by the ancient Greeks for treatment of eye conditions. Made into a tea and cooled or applied as a tincture, it can be used as an eyewash to treat conjunctivitis, blepharitis, or other eye irritations.
- Placed in a bath, agrimony can help sooth sore muscles and joints, or it can be used on strains or sprains when made into a poultice. It is an excellent healing herb in that it can clean and heal wounds by promoting clot formation, often used in China to stop bleeding during surgery.
- Singers are known to gargle with an agrimony infusion to alleviate coughs and thin mucus in their throats due to the tannins that help tone the mucus membranes.
Safety and Precautions
Do not take agrimony if suffering from constipation, if pregnant, or if suffering from an autoimmune disease.
How to Use
Infusion: Drink 1 cup of boiling water infused with 1-2 tsp herbs up to 3 times daily.
Tincture: With an alcohol extraction of 1:3 (herb:menstruum) Take 10-20 drops diluted in some form of liquid up to 3 times daily.
Poultice: Apply a poultice made from the leaves to sore muscles or sprains/strains.
Growing and Harvesting
Grows in average, dry soil, but prefers soil that is damp and fertile. Can grow in partial shade or full sun.
Harvest in summer when plant is in bloom or just before bloom for a slightly sweeter taste.
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