AGRIMONY : Agrimonia eupatoria
Other Names: Church steeples, Cocklebur, Sticklewort, Philanthropos
HABITAT : In its wild state, agrimony can be found growing
extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and the United
States. A hardy perennial, its natural habitat is woods
and fields, but it takes to cultivation easily. Its one
to two foot branchy stems are covered with a fine, silky
down and terminate in spikes of cream-colored flowers.
Both the flowers and the notched leaves give off a faint
characteristic lemony scent when crushed. After the
flowers fade they give place to tiny clinging "burrs"
which will quickly adhere to your clothing if you brush
by the plant in a hedgerow. For garden growing, give the
herb sun or partial sun and regular watering, an plant
from seed or propogate by root division in spring or
fall. Gather the herb in summer while the flowers are in
PROPERTIES: Agrimony contains tanin and a volatile, essential oil.
Like most samples, the uses to which it is put are
remarkably varied. The English use it to make a
delicious "spring" or "diet" drink for purifying the
blood. It is considered especially useful as a tonic for
aiding recovery from winter colds and fevers. As
agrimony also posses an astringent action, it is
frequently used as an herbal mouthwash and gargle
ingredient, and is applied externally in the form of a
lotion to minor sores and ulcers. It has also been
recommended, as a strong decoction, to cure sores,
blemishes, and pimples.
Agrimony Tea: (a Gentle Blood Purifier) Infuse 1 teaspoon dried
agrimony root, leaves, or flowers in 1 cup of boiling
water for 15 minutes. Strain and flavor with honey and a
little licorice root if desired. Take upto 1 cup per
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