14 November 2009

Herb of the Week: Agrimony

Herb Of The Week: Agrimony (Agrimonia Eupatoria)

                                                             (photo from Wikipedia)
Parts Used: Above ground plant parts, usually in dried form

Properties: Astringent, anti-septic, anti-parasitic, diuretic, haemostatic

About: Agrimony is probably best known for it’s throat soothing properties. Performers gargle with it to clear their throats, but it is also helpful to the average person to soothe an inflamed throat.

It may also be used to treat wounds due to it’s anti-septic properties. Agrimony is also used for intestinal problems and loose stools. Internal hemorrhage problems are also treated with this herb. This includes if you have bleeding ulcers on your GI tract, are bleeding between menstruations, or are bleeding too heavily.

Filter organs such as the liver, kidneys, spleen, and gallbladder are helped in their duties by Agrimony. In addition, skin eruptions, pimples, blotches, boils, etc.

Warnings: None known

Dye Color:  Deep yellow from leaves and stems harvested in the fall, ivory-tan from summer harvests.

Anything else you can think of to add to Agrimony's entry? Please leave your experiences in the comments box. Thanks!