Agrimony Herb

Introduction to Agrimony

The Argrimony Herb is a small plant with an array of uses from it roots for dye to its stem, flowers, and leaves in herbal tea and essential oils. It is normally found as herbal powder in health shops but you can grow and harvest your own plant for home use. Origin and distribution of Agrimony

The scientific name for the Argrimony Herb is Agrimonia Eupatorium. The name is derived from the Greek word Agrimone, which was used to describe plants with healing power for the eyes. Eupatorium refers to Mithridates Eupator, who was known for his medical knowledge. It received the common name of Sticklewort because the seeds cling to passers by. It is also sometimes called Philantropos because of its healing qualities. Other names for the plant are Cocklebur or Church Steeples because of its long flower-spikes.

It comes from Bulgaria, but is now widely distributed throughout Europe and the United States, Canada and Asia. Agrimony Herb has a long history of medicinal uses. The Anglo-Saxons used it to heal wounds and snake bites. It is used as part of an aquatic solution in France to apply to bruises while the Indians used it to break fevers. Description of Agrimony

Agrimony Herb is a small perennial plant with yellow flowers from the rose family. It grows two feet high with pinnate leaves. The bottom leaves are longer than the top leaves. The numerous flowers are arranged closely on slim spikes. The flowers grow towards sunlight but when they wither, they become brown and cling to clothes. The plant is dark green and has soft hairs. It has a distinctive scent that smells very sweet when the flowers and leaves are crushed.


It contains tannins and a volatile essential oil in the stem and has an astringent action. It is also known for its antitoxin qualities and diuretic uses.

Parts of the plant agrimony

The flower, stem, and leaves of the plant are harvested just before and after the flowering period. The roots are harvested for its yellow dye properties.

Agrimony is used for the treatment of several medical conditions such as:

Agrimony Herb protects against viral infections and support healthy liver and bladder function. It is also useful in sugar regulation and helps to provide a fresh breath. It is known for its blood purification qualities.

Typical preparation

It is used as herbal powder in decoction and as part of a popular herbal tea. It is also used as an essential oil. You can make Agrimony Herb tea with 1 teaspoon dried Agrimony root, leaves or flowers, to one cup of boiling water. Pour the boiling water over the leaves and let it stand for 5 minutes. The microwave is very useful to produce a strong cup. Strain and flavour it with honey or liquorice. It has a lemony taste and can be taken twice a day. Don't refrigerate or leave to stand for more than one day, as it will lead to stomach pains if consumed.

The same infusion can be used as a gargle for the relief of sore throats and for a fresh breath. It can be used as part of a lotion and applied to the skin twice a day to heal wounds, sores and stings.


There are no contraindications with normal usage. An overdose may result in worsening constipation.

Growing and harvesting the Agrimony Herb

You can grow it either indoors as a pot plant or outside. It flourishes with exposure to full sunlight. It is best to grow it in a greenhouse if you wish to grow it during the winter months. The plant prefers garden soil with ample drainage and little fertilizer. Harvest the plant for essential oils when it is in full bloom. The plant leaves; stem; flowers; and roots can be used for different homemade products such as candles and soap.

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