Agrimony’s medicinal properties are due to the large amounts of tannin. It has a slight pleasant fragrance and a tangy, bitter taste. Agrimony is high in the nutrients which are necessary for normal healthy functioning of the body, especially of benefit to the colon, intestines, kidneys, gallbladder. liver and stomach.
It is used for diarrhea and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. Agrimony is known for it’s throat soothing properties. When the tea is used as a gargle it will help cut the mucus in the throat.
Agrimony is also used for inflammation of the kidneys and bladder. It is also used to treat diabetes and to help with bed wetting. When applied as a diuretic Agrimony is useful in the treatment of gravel or stones in the bladder or kidneys.
Agrimony also functions as a tonic to treat general conditions, as it absorbs into the various systems of the body, working to tone the muscles.
Externally, Agrimony is used on poorly healing wounds, pharyngitis, psoriasis, eczema, and in hip baths for abdominal problems.
Historically, Agrimony was known by the ancient Greeks who made use of it for aliments of the eye. In northern Europe, it was used by the Anglo-Saxons to treat wounds. Late in the 16th century, it was used to treat gout, fevers, and rheumatism. In Chinese medicine Agrimony is used as a hemostyptic. It is also used for certain forms of cancer and as an anthelmintic (to rid the body of parasites).
Agrimony is indigenous to middle and northern Europe, temperate Asia and North America. The above ground parts are gathered just before or during flowering.
Use 2-3 teaspoons in a cup of hot water.
Analgesic: This herb relieves pain
Anti-inflammatory: This herb counteracts and diminishes inflammation or its effects
Astringent: This herb has a constricting or binding effect, for example: one that checks hemorrhages or secretions by coagulation of proteins on a soft surface
Cholagogue: This herb stimulates bile flow from the gall bladder and bile ducts into the duodenum
Coagulant: An herb that changes liquid secretions into a thick mass. For example: coagulation occurs with the clotting of blood to stop the bleeding, it also occurs when runny mucous secretions become thicker and easier to cough up from the lungs or blow out of the nose.
Depurative: This herb cleans or purifies blood by promoting eliminative functions.
Diuretic: This herb increases the secretion and flow of urine
Emmenagogue: This herb facilitates and regularizes menstrual flow. (Avoid during pregnancy)
Hemostatic: This herb stop bleeding
Tonic: This herb restores, nourishes, and supports the entire body; a substance that exerts a gently strengthening effect on the body
Vermifuge: This herb expels or repels intestinal worms
Vulnerary: This herb assists in the healing of wounds by protecting against infection and stimulating cell growth
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