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Agrimony

Added/Modified on March 25, 2016

LATIN NAME
Agrimonia eupatoria

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The Agrimony herb is a pretty perennial with serrated leaves which are known as Church Steeples for their tall elegant spikes of small, yellow, honey-scented flowers that grow in early summer.

When the herb and roots are dried they have a long lasting apricot scent.

Agrimony’s dried herb and roots are ideal for sachets because of the apricot scent. It contains tannin and a volatile essential oil.

TARGET AILMENTS:

Take internally as a tea for:

* jaundice
* indigestion
* urinary incontinence
* cystitis
* diarrhea – especially when caused by mild food poisoning or an infection has upset the bowels. Has the healing power to heal inflamed and swollen membrane lining the gut.

Use a gargle for:

* sore gums
* sore throat
* laryngitis

Use as an ointment for:

* wounds
* bruises
* psoriasis

PREPARATIONS

Over the counter:

Can be bought as a dried herb, liquid extract, or powder.

Infusion

Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. This infusion should be drank three times a day.

Tincture

Take 1 to 3 ml of the tincture three times a day

Parts Used: Dried aerial parts.

Collection: The leaves can be harvested in early summer or the whole flowering plant in late summer before the burrs develop. Air-dry slowly in warm shade not above 104*F.

Constituents: The Agrimony herb contains tannins, silicic acid, glycosidal bitters, iron, vitamin B and is high in vitamin K.

Actions: Astringent, tonic, diuretic, hepatic, cholagogue, vulnerary

Combinations: This herb is often used with a drug or agent that induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach or intestines for digestive problems.

SIDE EFFECTS

* None Serious

SPECIAL INFORMATION

* Do not use if suffering from constipation.

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