[HERB] Agrimony | Avgar | Liverwort | Agrimonia Eupatoria

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Common Names: Agrimony , Liverwort, cockleburr, sticklewort

Botanical Name : Agrimonia eupatoria L.


Medicinal Uses: * Bed Wetting/incontinence * Bladder Infection (UTI) * Children * Cuts & Wounds * Diarrhea * Herbal Teas * Liver * Longevity Tonics * Menorrhagia * Parasites/worms * Sore Throat

Properties: * AntiCancer * Astringent * Cholagogue * Coagulant/Hemostatic * Cordial * Depurative * Diuretic * Emmenagogue * Hepatic * Styptic * Vulnerary

Parts Used: Aerial parts

Constituents: catechin,palmitic-acid, quercitrin, silicic-acid, tannin, thiamin , ursolic-acid

How to Use: Agrimony

Agrimony is most used in modern herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic. Agrimony is approved by the German Commission E internal use for mild, nonspecific, acute diarrhea and inflammation of oral and pharyngeal mucosa (sore throat). The dried, above-ground parts of Agrimonia eupatoria L. and/or A. procera can be used as a skin wash to treat skin inflammation and irritations.

Agrimony is most used in modern herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic. Agrimony's astringency is effective against diarrhea, especially in small children, and because of its low toxicity, the herb is particularly suitable for children's illnesses. (Hoffmann, David, 589) Agrimony stops irritation of the urinary tract that may increase a child's urge to urinate and, therefore, may be useful in the treatment of bladder leakage (cannot hold urine), bed-wetting and may help to control incontinence in adults as well. Sip a cup of Agrimony tea slowly before retiring to bed. (Dawson,Adele)

Agrimony is perhaps best known as a wound herb used on medieval battlefields to staunch bleeding. This same property helps to slow heavy menstrual bleeding as well. (Ody, Penelope ) Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc.

The tannins it contains tone the mucus membranes making it is useful for alleviating the symptoms of coughs and sore throats. Agrimony has had a great reputation for curing jaundice and other liver complaints..It was at one time included in the London Materia Medica as a vulnerary herb...Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc. The herbal tea can be used as a skin wash; it is thought to improve minor injuries and chronic skin conditions. (Grieve, Maud)

The combination of being a bitter tonic as well as an astringent herb make agrimony a valuable tonic for the digestive system and a useful remedy for healing peptic ulcers. The bitter principles in the plant support the function of the liver and gallbladder. (Weiss, Rudolf Fritz M.D.) 

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Standard brew using 1 teaspoon of dried herb to each cup hot water. The longer you let it steep, the more tannins are extracted. Make a stronger decoction for external use in baths and skin washes Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. Used in ointment form for skin rashes, and as a gargle for sore throat.

Agrimony Remedies

Traditional Chinese Medicine : traditional Chinese medicine In traditional Chinese medicine, agrimony is a major herb for stopping bleeding and it is used to treat profuse menstruation. Chinese research indicates that agrimony can increase coagulation of the blood by up to 50%. Cech, Richo

Ayurvedic Medicine:  ayurvedic medicinea Increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha

Agrimony Side Effects: Safe and non-toxic in moderate amounts. Note that while agrimony is an effective treatment for many forms of diarrhea, it can aggravate constipation.

Plant Description: Agrimonia eupatoria L.

Etymology: from the Greek Argemone meaning healing to the eyes.

Flowers: terminal spikes of small yellow flowers.

Stem: 3 to 4 feet

Leaves: Paired leaves, green above and silvery beneath

Preferred Habitat: Full sun, average soils and dry weather

Flowering Season: Havested in the summer after flowering

Distribution: Much of the United States and Southern Canada

How to Grow Agrimony

Full sun, average soil, slow to germinate. Grows to 3 feet tall. Agrimony should be harvested shortly before or during summer flowering.


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