Agrimony has long been used since Saxon times to heal wounds because it staunches bleeding and encourages clot formation. In the 15th century, it was the prime ingredient of “arquebusade water,” a battlefield remedy for gunshot wounds. In France, the eau de arquebusade is still applied for sprains and bruises. A cooling astringent and mildly bitter, the aerial parts can be used for “hot” conditions like diarrhea, bronchitis and a gentle tonic for the digestion as a whole.
Combined with other herbs such as corn silk, it is a valuable remedy for cystitis and urinary incontinence, and has also been used for kidney stones, sore throats, rheumatism, and arthritis. It can be used as a suppository combining the extract with cocoa butter and inserting into the rectum for hemorrhoids, tapeworms and diarrhea. The healing power is attributed to the herb’s high silica content. Agrimony is indicated for chronic cholecystopathies with gastric sub-acidity. Real success will be achieved only if the plant is used consistently for some time.
An infusion of the dried flowers and leaves makes a good gargle or mouthwash, helps clear the blood, freshens the breath, soothes sore gums and, as a footbath, has proved to be a cure for athlete’s foot. An infusion of the leaves alone can also be used to treat bruising. Agrimony is excellent as part of a long-term treatment for diabetes, for it lowers sugar levels and quenches thirst. It also helps hepatitis by intensively detoxifying the liver. It slows peristalsis and repairs the mucous membranes of those suffering from colic.
European herbalists suggest a few cups of agrimony tea daily to heal peptic ulcers and colitis, to gently control diarrhea, to tone the digestive tract lining, and to improve food assimilation. One glycoside it contains has been shown to reduce excessive bile production in the gallbladder. It’s best used with boiling water as a solvent.
An infusion is a gentle remedy, ideal for diarrhea, especially in infants and children. It can be taken by breastfeeding mothers to dose babies.
A tincture is more potent and drying than the infusion, and effective if the condition involves excess phlegm or mucus. Use for cystitis, urinary infections, bronchitis and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Apply a poultice of the leaves for migraines.
Use the infusion as a wash for wounds, sores, eczema, and varicose ulcers.
Use a weak infusion (10 g herb to 500 ml water)as an eyewash for conjunctivitis.
Use the infusion as a gargle for sore throats and nasal mucus.
Some herbal remedies include:
For incontinence: 2 parts horsetail, 1 part agrimony, 1 part sweet sumach. Drink this tea three times a day
Parsley Cough Treatment: Pour 2 ½ cups of boiling water over 2 Tbsp of dried agrimony flowers or leaves and 1 Tbsp dried parsley. Cover and steep until the mixture is cool. Strain. Use as a gargle to soothe sore throats. To stop persistent coughs, take 2-3 Tbsp of the infusion morning and evening.
Bath for tension headaches: Put 1 oz each of mugwort, valerian, chamomile and agrimony to 1 pint of boiling water. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and add to bath water. Very good for aching muscles.
Antacid Wine: 3 cups red wine, 1 cup fresh agrimony leaves, ½ cup alfalfa leaves, ¼ cup oak bark. Macerate the crushed plants I the wine for 1 month. Strain. Drink 2 Tbsp 3 times daily to eliminate stomach hyperacidity.
3 Tbsp agrimony leaves
2 Tbsp self-heal
4 cups water
Combine the herbs in a pan; cover with the water; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes; cool and strain. Drink as needed, up to one cup a day
4 tsp agrimony leaves
2 Tbsp queen of the meadow root
2 cups boiling water
Combine the herbs in a glass container and cover with the boiling water; steep for 30 minutes; cool and strain. Take half a cup, up to four times daily
2 tsp agrimony leaves
1 tsp wild bergamot leaves
1 cup boiling water
Combine the herbs and cover with the boiling water; steep 30 minutes, cool and strain. Take up to two cups per day.
1 lb petroleum jelly
4 tsp dried agrimony leaves
4 tsp dried marigold leaves
Melt petroleum jelly in a double boiler. Stir in the herbs and heat for 2 hours until the herbs begin to get crispy. Strain by pouring through cheesecloth. Squeeze the cloth to release all the liquid. While warm, pour the ointment into clean glass containers. Use as needed.
Dosage: Unless otherwise specified 3 go of herb or equivalent preparation is the average daily dose for internal application.
EAU DE ARQUEBUSADE (antiseptic wash)—½ oz each dried tops of agrimony, calamint, fennel, hyssop, lemon balm, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme, wormwood, a few fresh leaves of angelica and basil, plus fresh lavender flowers. Chop plants and combine with 1 quart 190 proof grain alcohol. Let stand for 14 days, then strain.
Another way to use agrimony is as a Flower Essence. For anxiety hidden by a mask of cheerfulness; denial and avoidance of emotional pain, addictive behavior to anesthetize feelings. The Agrimony person needs to find peace as an inner soul reality, rather than an outer state of behavior which others validate. It is their lesson that true inner peace comes fro honestly acknowledging pain and transforming it, rather than masking it with a superficial veneer of good cheer or polite tolerance.
No known contraindications or toxicity.
Take equal amounts of dried dandelion, meadowsweet herb, and agrimony herb. For every ounce of herbs add a gallon of water. Boil for 20 minutes, then strain and add 1 pounds sugar per gallon to the liquid. Pour it into a cask or tub (or their equivalent) and float a small piece of toast spread on both sides with 1 cup brewer’s yeast. Cover with a cloth or towel and leave to stand in a warm place for 12 hours before drawing off the liquid and bottling. (Mastering Herbalism)
3 cups red wine
1 cup fresh agrimony leaves
½ cup alfalfa leaves
¼ cup oak bark
Macerate the crushed plants in the wine for 1 month. Strain. Drink 2 Tbsp 3 times daily to eliminate stomach hyperacidity. (Wild Medicinal Plants)
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