Agrimony has a long history of use for ailments of the eye, to help stop bleeding and heal wounds, to treat menstrual difficulties, and as a sleep aid. Traditional British folklore states that if a sprig of agrimony was placed under a person’s head, they would sleep until it was removed. The English poet Michael Drayton once hailed it as an “all-heal” and through the ages it was considered a panacea. In folk medicine, it has been reported, without verification, to be useful in gallbladder disorders. Numerous other reported uses include use as a dye, flavoring, gargle for performers and speakers, anti-tumor agent, astringent, cardiotonic, coagulant, diuretic, sedative, anti-asthmatic and for corns or warts. It continues to be used today as a domestic medicinal herb.
Agrimony is related to the rose family and blossoms from June to September. This herb has beautiful leaves and grows close to the ground. Its flowers grow tightly together on its small branches. Additionally, this plant smells like an apricot which makes it even more enjoyable.
Due to its blood purification qualities, agrimony may help relieve symptoms of jaundice, liver ailments, and other blood conditions. This flushing aids in relieving the liver of built-up toxins and makes organ functioning better able to rid the body of disease.
Agrimony is considered especially useful as a tonic for aiding recovery from winter colds, fevers, and diarrhea. Given its low toxicity, it is especially suited for treating diarrhea in children. Among the many health benefits of Agrimony herbal tincture is its ability to soothe gastrointestinal problems with indigestion and colitis.
3 Tbsp agrimony leaves
2 Tbsp self-heal
4 cups water
- Combine the herbs in a pan; cover with the water;
- bring to a boil;
- reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes;
- cool and strain.
- Drink as needed, up to one cup a day.
Agrimony can also be used as a tea and gargle for sore throat, and externally as a mild antiseptic and astringent.
Parsley Cough Treatment
Pour 2 1/2 cups of boiling water over 2 Tbsp of dried agrimony flowers or leaves and 1 Tbsp dried parsley. Cover and steep until the mixture is cool. Strain. Use as a gargle to sooth sore throats. To stop persistent coughs, take 2-3 Tbsp of the infusion in the morning and again in the evening.
According to David Winston from the American Herbalists Guild, agrimony shows specific activity for the urinary tract, especially the bladder, urethra and cystic ducts. It is used for inflammation, irritation and burning/scalding urine found in cystitis, urethritis, and interstitial cystitis. It is also soothing to inflammation of the bile ducts and is a mild liver tonic.
The appropriate dose of agrimony depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.