Agrimony, also known as Agrimonia, is an herb that belongs to the perennial herbaceous flowering plants of the rose family. Dubbed as ‘Church Steeples’ for its long flower-spikes, the Agrimony plant can grow to about 1 to 2 feet high. It has abundant leaves and its flowers are yellow.
Although this plant usually grows in the Northern Hemisphere, it is widely known across the globe. Hence, it has become known in different countries by different names.
Some of its names include:
- Agrimonia eupatoria
- Aigremoine Eupatoire
- Church Steeples
- Common Agrimony
- Da Hua Long Ya Cao
- Fragrant Agrimony
- Herba Agrimoniae
- Herbe de Sainte Madeleine
- Tha des Bois
- Tha du Nord
People who suffer from diarrhea and sore throat could greatly benefit from this herb. Note that precautionary measures must be taken if this herb is to be administered to pregnant women. Make sure to heed your doctor’s advice.
Nevertheless, this herb could be greatly beneficial to almost everyone including the children. In fact, Michael Drayton, a 17th century English poet, declared the herb as an ‘all-heal’ agent.
Benefits of Using This Herb
Today, Agrimony is used to treat the following:
- sore throat
- stomach pain, mild diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- gallbladder disorders, and fluid retention
- cancer, tuberculosis
- corns, and warts
- used as a heart tonic, sedative, and antihistamine (when used as a gargle)
As an herb, Agrimony has a long history of medical applications. Long ago, it was applied on tired feet during foot baths. It has been used for foot baths by people in different countries for centuries.
Also during the ancient times, this herb was used for soothing and for keeping people calm. In fact, in 1930s, an English Homeopath named Edward Bach used Agrimony to help emotionally-challenged people. Along with 37 other flowers, he used the herb to prepare the Bach flower remedies. Back then, his drink was used by people suffering from emotional and spiritual problems.
Furthermore, the plant contains a chemical called tannins. When the herb is crushed and applied directly on the skin, this chemical acts as a mild drying agent or astringent. This property is also what makes the herb effective against diarrhea. It’s generally safe and it’s safe enough for children due to its low toxicity. It can also help reduce skin sores due to porphyria. It may also be used to treat mild skin redness and swelling.