Agrimony has an old reputation as a popular herbal remedy for minor sores, healing jaundice and other liver complaints as well as working well on wounds, snake bites, and warts. It has also been used as an astringent for pimples and face blemishes.
Agrimony, Church steeples, Cocklebur, Sticklewort, Philanthropos
Agrimony contains volatile oil and bitter principle as well as tannin and astringent tonic and diuretic properties.
Agrimony is used as a spring tonic for healthy people to help purify the blood. Its been used as an aid to recovery from colds, fevers, and diarrhea. In the form of a lotion it can be used on minor sores and ulcers and if used as a strong decoction it can be applied to sores, blemishes and pimples to great affect because of its astringent action. You can also use it as an herbal mouthwash and gargle.
It can be made into a tea, tincture, capsules, decoction, lotion, and an astringent (face wash). Use 10 to 60 drops a day.
Agrimony is also a very useful for skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc. A strong decoction of the root and leaves, sweetened with honey, has been taken successfully to alleviate sores, taken two or three times a day, in doses of a wineglassful, continually for several months.
Steep 1 teaspoon of dried leaves and flowers in one cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Add honey to taste.
The aerial parts of the plant contain condensed tannins with small amounts of ellagitannins and traces of gallotannins. It also contains some 20% polysaccharides, plus triterpenoid, and ursolic acid has been isolated. Silicic acid, traces of essential oil, and the flavonoids luteolin and apigenin have also been found. Agrimony contains vitamin K, B1 and ascorbic acid. Agrimony is used widely in Europe as a mild astringent particularly against inflammation of the throat, gastroenteritis and intestinal catarrh.
GRAS – Generally Recognized As Safe. This herb can be safely consumed when used appropriately. Possible, but rare problems with photosensitivity. Avoid if constipation exists.
The name Agrimonia might be from Greek origin of agremone that refers to plants which supposedly healed cataracts of the eye. Its ancient uses include treatment for catarrh (mucous membrane inflammation with discharge), bleeding, and tuberculosis and skin diseases. Culpepper (1652) recommended its use gout as ‘either used outwardly in an oil or ointment, or inwardly, in an electuary or syrup, or concreted juice. Culpepper stated in his herbal, ‘The decoction of the herb, made with wine and drunk, is good against the biting and stinging of serpents . . . it also helpeth the colic, cleanseth the breath and relieves the cough. A draught of the decoction taken warm before the fit first relieves and in time removes the tertian and quartian ague.’
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