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Agrimony - Agrimonia eupatoriaAgrimony for wound therapy, to stop bleeding and sore throats.
Agrimony featured prominently in mid-century European folk medicine, and in fact, was a primary ingredient in a famous herbal preparation for battlefield wounds. Today, it's valued as a gentle stomach tonic and helps soothe gastrointestinal distress. In addition to promoting gastrointestinal health, modern day herbalists recognize Agrimony's beneficial astringent properties as well. Enjoy Agrimony as a pleasantly-flavored tea or in convenient capsule form.
Agrimony has a long history of medicinal use. The English poet Michael Drayton once hailed it as an "all-heal," and through the ages it did seem to be a Panacea. The ancient Greeks used Agrimony to treat eye ailments, and it was made into brews to cure diarrhea and disorders of the gallbladder, liver, and kidneys. Anglo-Saxons made a solution from the leaves and seeds for healing wounds; this use continued through the Middle Ages and afterward, in a preparation called eau d'arquebusade, or "musket-shot water". Later, agrimony was prescribed for athlete's foot. In the United States and Canada, and late into the 19th century,the plant was prescribed for many of these illnesses and more: for skin diseases, asthma, coughs, and gynecological complaints, and as a gargling solution for sore throats.
Agrimony, as a medicinal herb makes a good gargle for inflammations of the mouth and throat. Taken internally a tea made from the leaves is useful for kidney, liver, and spleen problems and for gallstones for herbal Healing. It is sometimes recommended for chronic gall-bladder problems, accompanied by excess acidity in the stomach. The root can be soaked to make a drink that relieves constipation and strengthens the liver.
Agrimony (Agrimonia) is a genus of 12-15 species of perennial herbaceous flowering plants in the family Rosaceae, native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with one species also in Africa. The species grow to between 0.5-2 m tall, with interrupted pinnate leaves, and tiny yellow flowers borne on a single (usually unbranched) spike.