A new herb to me…

Yes, I know… I thought I had a pretty good knowledge of herbs and their names, but I saw a post on Pinterest all about it, and thought I would share it with you too.

Agrimony

Agrimony is a herb native to North America, although there is also a European version with the same healing properties.  It is also known as liverwort, cockleburr or sticklewort and comes from the same family as roses.  In common with all the rose family plants it is astringent in nature.

 

This astringency means that it is effective against treating diarrhea, especially in small children because of its low toxicity.  It is particularly suitable for children’s illnesses.  It can stop the irritation of the urinary tract and may be useful in the treatment of bladder leakage, bed wetting and adult incontinence.  It can also be used as a skin wash, can help minor injuries to heal and can also help to heal chronic skin conditions.

agrimony chopped

It is probably best known as a wound herb having been used on medieval battlefields to staunch bleeding.  The same coagulant properties help heavy menstrual bleeds and that is what Agrimony is used for  in Chinese Medicine.  Agrimony also contains tannins to tone the mucus membranes making it useful for alleviating symptoms of coughs and sore throats.  It acts as a valuable tonic for the digestive system and a useful remedy for healing peptic ulcers.  The plant also supports the function of the liver and the gall bladder.

 

The standard dosage of Agrimony tea uses 1 teaspoon of the dried herb to each cup of hot water.  The longer you let it steep, the more tannins are extracted.  If you make a stronger decoction, use it in external use in the bath or as skin washes.  You should use 2-3 cups per day.  To treat skin rashes, use in ointment form.  If you have a sore throat, then gargle with it.

agrimony plants

It really sounds like a useful herb to have, so, as it likes a sunny position, it is a lovely yellow colour, and it will add height to the herb bed I am planning in my new garden, I have just ordered some seeds.  Watch this space!

 

 

 

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