Agrimony

So I was looking at my herb books and started reading about Agrimony. It’s very interesting to me to see how it has been used through out the years.

Singers and speakers have been known to gargle with a half glass of agrimony water then spit it out, it refreshes their throats before performances. If you have a sore throat from a cold or flu you can too use the gargle to get relief.

In ancient Greece, this herb was prescribed for eye complaints. Anglo saxons called agrimony garclive and used it primarily to treat wounds. In Chaucer’s time herbalists still prescribed it for wounds. They also mixed it with mugwort and vinegar to treat patients with back pain. No sedative properties have been found but should you place a spring of this herb on your pillow it’s worth a try to see if it helps you fall asleep. At the end of the 16th century, herbalists prescribed agrimony remedies for rheumatism, gout, and fevers. In the late 1800s it was used to treat digestive problems, bowel complaints, asthma, coughs, and sore throats.

Agrimony does have astringent properties and the tea has been prescribed for internal bleeding and loose bowels. Chinese herbalists have prescribed it for patients with blood cells in their urine. The zulu use it in cases of tape worm. For any of these kinds of problems you should see your physician rather than just treating yourself at home. For minor aliments teas and poultices made with agrimony can be tried and may be beneficial.  To relieve a sore throat try gargling with an infusion of agrimony. The tea has been drunk to alleviate coughs and to clear skin eruptions. To make an infusion take 3-4 teaspoons of the dried leaves with 1 cup of water. Drink a cup a day.

To heal external wounds, you might try a poultice made from the fresh leaves. The plant contains certain compounds that react with sunlight, and if a treated area is exposed to the sun a rash might develop.

 

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