Agrimony was one of the most famous herbs used to promote the healing of wounds. The Anglo-Saxons, who called it Garclive, taught that it would heal wounds, snake bites, warts, etc.
An infusion of agrimony leaves is used to treat jaundice and other liver ailments.
The name Agrimony is from Argemone, a word given by the Greeks to plants which were healing to the eyes. The magic power of Agrimony is mentioned in an old English medical manuscript:
Agrimony as an Herb for Medicinal Uses
'If it be leyd under mann's heed,
He shal sleepyn as he were deed;
He shal never drede ne wakyn
Till fro under his heed it be takyn.'
This wildflower is a popular herbal remedy. Quite a few people use it for gastrointestinal complaints. It is said to strengthen the stomach, intestines, gall bladder and kidneys. It is reported to have antibiotic and blood purifying properties.
Agrimony is also used in treating ulcers, diarrhea, and skin problems. Gargle with an infusion of agrimony to relieve sore throats, inflamed gums, and laryngitis. By pouring a pint of boiling water on a handful of the dried herb - stem, leaves and flowers - you can create an excellent gargle to relax your sore throat.
Agrimony is often recommended as a diuretic.
Externally, a poultice or soak is used for the following conditions.
- Treat athlete's foot.
- Treat sores.
- Treat slow-healing wounds.
- Stop bleeding.
- On insect bites.
A tonic infusion of 1 to 2 teaspoons per a teacup, three times a day (or make it by the jugful), adjusting measurements accordingly. Store in your refrigerator to drink cold.
This infusion can be used as a diuretic and for urinary and kidney infections, for jaundice and general liver ailments, ulcers, diarrhea and general digestive complaints and for excessively heavy menstruation and hemorrhage. Agrimony is also a popular spring tonic. A spring tonic is a special tonic that is made with early spring herbs and plants. These herbs and plants are ones known to help cleanse the body and supply it with important vitamins and minerals. It is similar to what we refer to as spring cleaning for the body.
You can purchase agrimony cut and sifted. To prepare as a tea, pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of the herb. Cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Culinary Uses of Agrimony
Agrimony herbal tea makes a lovely fragrant tea good hot or iced. Steep 1 teaspoon of dried leaves and flowers in one cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Add raw honey to taste. Contains vitamins B3, K, iron and niacin.
Agrimony was used to aid in detecting witches. The plant is also used in protection spells. Protective uses included the following.
- Help build a psychic shield.
- Reduce the influence of another's negativity.
- Banish negative energies and spirits.
A sprig placed beneath the head was said to bring restful sleep.
Agrimony can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual. This, of course, could increase the risk of sunburn.
Do not take agrimony if pregnant or nursing or if you are planning to have surgery within two weeks. It could cause your blood not to clot well.
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