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Agrimony | Agrimonia eupatoria

general characteristics

general characteristics

Common names include agrimony, cocklebur, church steeples, stickwort.

Agrimony is a member of the rose family. It is a perennial herb that grows in Britain, Europe, America, Russia and Asia. It tends to grow on poor, dry, stony or sandy soil and is often found near the edges of fields, in sunny woodland clearings and along the waysides. It is a perennial and herbaceous plant with a thin flowering stem which can reach up to a metre in height and is spiked with small yellow flowers. The leaves are somewhat rose or bramble like but with no thorns. Flowering occurs from midsummer onwards.

It has been in use as a herbal medicine for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. Country folk and physicians alike have prized this 'sovereign plant' for its many healing virtues and its tonic properties.

 

Agrimony dried herb and tincture are available to buy in our herbal shop.

 



harvesting and preparation

harvesting and preparation

Agrimony is a fairly common plant but should ideally be grown in the garden or bought in rather than harvested from the wild. Wild populations tend to be small so it is best left where it is unless a very small amount is needed.

The entire upper portion of the plant (not the root) is used medicinally and should be picked when the flowers (June-September) are in good flowering condition and dried in a warm place away from direct sunlight.

When fully dried the plant material is rubbed with the hands into smaller pieces and stored in a glass jar away from direct sunlight. It will retain its potency for a year or so if treated in this way. It can also be made into a tincture to preserve it for much longer.

 

Agrimony dried herb and tincture are available to buy in our herbal shop.


therapeutic actions and uses

therapeutic actions and uses

Agrimony is classified as a 'bitter tonic' and has a particularly tonic and cleansing effect on the entire digestive system and encourages the secretion of gastric and digestive juices of the stomach. It can be used for chronic liver problems (including cirrhosis), diarrhoea, especially childhood diarrhoea, dysentery, heartburn, indigestion, gastritis, flatulence, gastric and peptic ulcers, jaundice, celiac disease, gallstones and gallbladder disorders, internal ulcers or bleeding/wounds in the digestive tract, mucous colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis (particularly in grumbling appendix), prolapsed or slack bowels, divirticulitis and bad breath.

 

It helps to promote the proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients from foods and can give benefit to those who are weak and debilitated from a longstanding illness for example.

 

Its mild astringency also makes it excellent for cleaning and healing any kind of wound (including wounds that are infected or wet and oozing) and stubborn ulcers, both internally and externally. It increases blood coagulation.

 

It can be used as an eyewash (alone or combined with other herbs) against inflammation in the eye such as conjunctivitis.

 

It is traditionally used for disorders of the liver and spleen. Can also be useful in anaemia.

 

Taken internally as a tea, it can help to remedy stubborn skin diseases.

 

It can be used to stop nosebleeds when taken as a snuff in its dried powdered state and its astringency makes it very effective for slow bleeding and treating wounds, blood in the urine and spitting blood from the lungs.

 

Can be used as part of a formula for gravel and stones in the kidneys and in cases of long standing chronic cystitis or bladder weakness.

 

It helps to prevent urinary incontinence and bedwetting due to its astringency yet can also help to eliminate water retention when used with other appropriate herbs.

 

Agrimony can be added to formulas for treating fevers.

 

It has been used in the past for coughs, allergies, asthma and tuberculosis.

 

Agrimony was traditionally added to baths to help ease rheumatism and rheumatic complaints as well as gout and high levels of uric acid.

 

Useful also as an external compress for strains and sprains, contusions, dislocations, weak joints and that vague and niggling backache.

 

A strong tea makes an excellent gargle or mouthwash for gingivitis and any other inflammations in the mouth and throat including laryngitispharyngitis, tonsillitis and quinsy and can strengthen and restore a tired or lost voice.

 

Agrimony tea has been taken traditionally as a Spring tonic with other herbs such as nettle and cleavers.

 

When made into a tea, it can be used as an internal douche for unhealthy vaginal discharges and thrush.


dosage and cautions

dosage and cautions

Agrimony is generally a good safe tonic herb and can be used a few times a week as a preventative and to maintain good health or in daily doses as a curative medicine. Make a stronger tea using 2 teaspoons per cup for gargles, washes and compresses.

Agrimony combines well with other herbs that are appropriate to the condition being treated or can be used alone.

Adult 

Tincture: 1-5ml in a little water, 3 times daily

Dried herb in tea form: 1 teaspoon, 3 times daily

Fresh herb in tea form: 1 teaspoon, 3 times daily

Powdered form: 1-2 g up to 3 times daily

Children
Add 12 to the child’s age. Divide the child’s age by the total.
E.g. dosage for a 4 year old...... 4 {age} divided by 16 {age + 12} = . 25  or 1/4 of the adult dosage.
*Agrimony should not be used alone by those who are regularly constipated due to its drying and binding qualities. Combine with other herbs that promote bowel movement in this case.

 

 

 

 

 


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