Agrimony – Agrimonia eupatoria
- Created: 20 August 2014
Family – Rosaceae
Other names – church steeples, sticklewort, cockleburr, almindelig agermåne, Agrimony, Common Agrimony, Philanthropos, Odermenning
The use of Agrimony dates back to the ancient Egyptians. The name Agrimony comes from the Greek word Argemone (plants healing to eyes). Agrimony was used historically as a medicine by the ancient Greeks to treat eye problems, clear up diarrhea, help the gallbladder, liver, and kidneys function properly, heal wounds, and treat fungus such as Athlete's foot.
Agrimony can be found growing extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. A hardy perennial, its natural habitat is woods and fields, but it takes to cultivation easily. Agrimonies have one to two foot branching erect stems rising from the long, black and somewhat woody perennial root covered with a fine, silky down and terminate in spikes of yellow flowers.
Parts Used – above ground parts, ariel parts.
In Europe, Agrimony is cultivated from wet marshes and meadows in the summertime when it blooms. Harvest Agrimony seeds in late summer or early fall, and plant right away or store in freezer.
Bitter principles, Essential Oils, Iron, Nicotinic Acid, Silica, Silicic Acid, Tannins, Vitamins B & K, Flavonoids, Tannin (yields 5%) - these astringent compounds gently tighten and constrict the tissues they come into contact with. Vitamin C and Volatile oils.
Antihaemorrhagic (systemic), Astringent,
Bitter tonic, Digestive, Cholagogue, Diuretic
Anti-diarrhoeal, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic
Haemostatic, Hepatic, Tissue Healer
Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory, Deobstruant [an agent that clears away obstructions by opening the natural passages of the body]
Anorexia, hypochlorhydria, intestinal bleeding, Haematemesis, Grumbling appendix, Irritable bowel, Diarrhoea (esp. children), Billiary retention, Chronic cholecystitis with stomach acidity, Coughs, asthma, Haemoptysis, Wounds and ulcers, Nephritis, Renal colic, Cystitis, Urinary incontinence, Infections of the intestinal tract, Conjunctival problems, Indigestion, Spring tonic, Sore throats & laryngitis (topically)
Agrimony is one of the plants from the dried leaves of which in some country districts is
brewed what is called 'a spring drink,' or 'diet drink,' a compound made by the infusion of
several herbs and drunk in spring time as a purifier of the blood. In France, where herbal
teas or tisanes are more employed than here, it is stated that Agrimony tea, for its
fragrancy, as well as for its virtues, is often drunk as a beverage at table. Because of its sweet aroma, many people have appreciated using it in drinks for its
Agrimony has had a great reputation for curing jaundice and other liver complaints. It gives tone to the system and promotes assimilation of food. Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc. A strong decoction of the root and leaves, sweetened with honey or sugar, has been taken successfully to cure scrofulous sores, being administered two or three times a day, in doses of a wineglassful, persistently for several months. The same decoction is also often employed in rural districts as an application to ulcers. Used as a tonic, diuretic and for congestive disorders, including diarrhea Applied to slow-healing wounds.
This herb is a nontoxic astringent which is especially safe for children. It has tonic and diuretic properties. Traditionally it has been used for treating bed-wetting, bleeding, coughs, diabetes and diarrhea. It's also useful for jaundice & liver problems. Agrimony contains a compound called agrimophol which causes parasites to lose their grip on tissue lining so they can be evacuated. While it is useful in treating diarrhea, it may aggravate constipation. Agrimony stimulates the production of immune bodies called B cells. Certain types of cancers like ovarian cancer and chronic leukemia deplete these B cells. Agrimony may offer an immunostimulant benefit in such cases. This herb can be obtained individually in bulk for making teas or in capsules. This is a nice herb to have on hand for children's ailments.
The Agrimony flower is one of the Bach Flower Remedies used for:
conditions of mental torture and worry, hiding behind a cheery facade when feeling mentally challenged. Homeopathic Remedy for: "The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented
and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humour and jesting and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate themselves and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness."
It is useful internally and externally for skin problems, skin eruptions and diseases of the blood such as:
- scrofulous sores
- Applied externally in the form of a compress or poultice, Agrimony can reduce the severity of certain types of skin inflammation, such as:
- inflamed hemorrhoids,
- oozing wounds
- varicose veins
Dose Extract 20 to 30 mL per week (1:2). A medium dose herb.
Dried Herb: 1 – 4 gms tds
Infusion: 40 – 80 mls tds
Fluid Extract: 2-3 mls tds
Tincture: 1 – 3 mls tds
With carminatives for digestive problems.
in cases of constipation, People with kidney or liver conditions should not take or apply agrimony products because of high tannin content which can be associated with kidney or liver damage.
Both oral and topical agrimony can make unprotected skin more sensitive to sunlight or artificial light in sun tanning parlors. If agrimony is taken or applied, sunscreen should be used, as well. Cases of allergic reactions such as itchy rashes have been reported in individuals who handled fresh or dried agrimony plants. Because agrimony belongs to the same family of plants as roses, individuals with allergies to roses or related plants may also be sensitive to agrimony.
Taking it with other blood sugar-lowering herbal products may slightly increase the risk of hypoglycemia – blood sugar that is too low.