Agrimony

In the Middle Ages, agrimony was one of the frequently prescribed medicinal plants. Nowadays it has lost its importance because there are many plants like this, that help with problems of the digestive system and the urinary apparatus, but we can still often find it in tea mixtures for singers and speakers.

Plant description

Everywhere in Northern and Central Europe, partly also in Southern Europe and even in Asia and North America you can find the agrimony. It prefers dry meadows, roadsides and light bushes. The agrimony is a perennial plant that normally grows to a height of about 50 cm, but in exceptional cases it can grow to a height of up to one metre.

An unbranched stem grows from the rootstock, from which the leaves emerge in the lower part. The leaves are pinnate and stand at ground level almost like a rosette. The yellow flowers grow in the upper part of the stem and bloom gradually from June to September from bottom to top.

Characteristics

Scientific name
Agrimonia eupatoria.

Plant family
Rosaceae.

Other names
Church steeples, Sticklewort.

Used plant parts
Flowering herb.

Ingredients
Tanning agents, triterpenes, essential oil, silicic acid, mucilage, flavonoids.

Harvest period
May and June.

Medicinal properties

Main use: Throat.

Healing effects

        • Loss of appetite
        • Diarrhea
        • Biliary and liver disease
        • Indigestion
        • Stomach problems
        • Intestinal problems
        • Bladder trouble
        • Kidney disease
        • Urinary stones
        • Pharyngitis and laryngitis
        • Vocal cord irritation
        • Gingivitis
        • Rheumatism
        • Dropsy
        • Fever

Application methods

        • Orally
        • Topically

Forms of preparation

With the agrimony herb you can make a tea and drink it against the above mentioned problems. For problems in the mouth and throat you can gargle with the tea. Agrimony is also often used in tea mixtures.

 

Agrimony (Wikipedia)

Agrimonia
Agrimonia eupatoria - Keila.jpg
Agrimonia eupatoria
Scientific classification e
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Rosales
Family:Rosaceae
Subfamily:Rosoideae
Tribe:Sanguisorbeae
Subtribe:Agrimoniinae
Genus:Agrimonia
Tourn. ex L.
Species

About 15 species; see text

Agrimonia (from the Greek ἀργεμώνη), commonly known as agrimony, 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 .5–2 m (1.6–6.6 ft) tall, with interrupted pinnate leaves, and tiny yellow flowers borne on a single (usually unbranched) spike.

Agrimonia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including grizzled skipper (recorded on A. eupatoria) and large grizzled skipper.

Agrimony (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From Middle English egremoyne, from a conflation of Old English agrimonia and Middle French agremoine (from Old French agremoine, variant of aegremone), both from Late Latin agrimōnia, metathesized from Latin argemōnia (a kind of poppy) (probably by association with ager, agri- (field)), from Ancient Greek ἀργεμώνη (argemṓnē, Papaver argemone, prickly poppy), probably from

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