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Agrimony is a member of the rose family, native to Europe, and is highly astringent and tonic. It is harvested when flowering in summer. It is a valuable wound herb, and was once much used as a remedy on medieval battlefields. Culpeper recommended it for gout "used outwardly in an oil or ointment, or inwardly, in a syrup or juice."
The word agrimony comes from a Greek word describing plants which healed the eyes. The species name Eupatoria has regal associations to the ancient King of Pontus, Mithridates Eupator (d. 63bc), in northern Turkey, who was said to have had a profound knowledge of plant lore.
Elemental Ruler: Air
Zodiac house: Cancer
Planet: Jupiter (optimism, opportunity, health, expansion, finances, wealth, idealism, justice)
Magical Powers: Protection against evil, goblins and poison. Returns spells to their sender, use as a wash or oil in countering negative energies and cleansing auras - banish negative spirits, exorcisms, burned as incense to restore peace and balance. Use if you feel under psychic attack. Promotes sleep, excellent in dream pillows mixed with mugwort.
Folk names: Church Steeples, Cocklebur, Garclive, Philanthropos, Sticklewort, Stickwort
Specific uses: Yellowing of the eyes was diagnosed by the early Greek physicians, as by modern physicians, as symptomatic of a liver disorder. The herb is an effective remedy for jaundice and liver complaints. Agrimony tones and strengthens the digestive system and liver. The leaves and flowers emit a pleasing apricot-like aroma for which purpose the herb is much used by Europeans as a refreshing tea. As a tea or tincture for indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, and liverish feelings. Especially helpful for people suffering from food allergies - on a long-term basis.
Like many astringent herbs, agrimony can be helpful for diarrhea. It can effectively stop bleeding from cuts and encourages clot formation, taken internally eases heavy menstrual bleeding. With St John's Wort and horsetail for bedwetting and chronic cystitis. Other uses include as a lotion for the cleansing of wounds and as an eyewash for sore and inflamed eyes.
Caution: May aggravate constipation, but otherwise a safe and gentle herb to use.
Agrimony Herb Cut$1.65 per ounce
References may include information from one or more of the following books:
Harris, Ben Charles. The Compleat Herbal. New York. Larchmont Books, 1978.
Chevallier, Andrew. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Dorling Kindersley, 1996.
Moura, Ann. Green Magic. Woodbury. Llewellyn Publications, 2007.
Ody, Penelope. Home Herbal. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1995.
Shealy, C. Norman. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies. Element Books, 1998.
Cunningham, Scott. Magical Herbalism. St Paul. Llewellyn Publications, 2000.
Medical Disclaimer: We do not prescribe homeopathic items
and herbal applications. They are presented here with information
from the growers and other traditional sources as to usage.
As individuals may respond differently to herbs and body care products,
please read the information and be selective. If in doubt, contact your
professional health care or holistic care practitioner.