Benefits And Nutrition Of Agrimony Herb For Health

Benefits And Nutrition Of Agrimony Herb For Health

What Is Agrimoniy Herb

Scientific Name: Agrimonia Eupatoria (LINN.)

Other Names: Agrimony, Agrimone, Agrimonia, Agrimonia eupatoria, Aigremoine, Church Steeples, Cockeburr, Cocklebur, Da Hua Long Ya Cao.

Benefits And Nutrition Of Agrimony Herb For Health
 Agrimony Herb Picture

Habitat: Native to the Northern Hemisphere, it’s found in North America, England and Europe, Asia and in localized places in southern to central regions of Scotland. Agrimony is a peripheral plant, best suited for hedge banks, field margins, roadsides, dry thickets, and other shrubby waste areas of temperate regions in sun and semi-shaded places in dry, alkaline soils. The seeds are hardy, but need cold weather or stratification to germinate.

Agrimony, (Agrimonia Eupatoria) commonly called as Agrimonia, is a flowering plant of the rose family. Agrimony (Agrimonia) has been used since ancient times. The Greeks used it as a remedy for ailments of the eye and the herb's name is derived from the Greek word Argemone which means plant that heals the eye. Thus agrimony from whence its name was derived, has long been valued as an important herbal medicine through the ages. In ancient Rome the great author and naturalist Pliny the elder deemed agrimony "an herb of princely authorite". Anglo-Saxons used the leaves of this herb to help stop bleeding and heal wounds. Chinese medicine often used Agrimony to treat menstrual difficulties and during the middle ages this herb was used frequently as a sleep aid. In North America agrimony was used for a variety of ailments by Native Americans and up until the late 19th century agrimony was used throughout Europe and North America to treat skin conditions, cough, sore throat, and diarrhea.

Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant, growing to a height of 2 m by 0.75 m of the Rosaceae family. Agrimony has alternate, compound pinnate leaves with five or more opposing toothed leaflets. The tiny hermaphrodite yellow flowers that bloom in June to August have five petals that grow in long spike. The tiny agrimony fruits have hooked bristles that attached to animals to aid propagation while the seeds ripen from August to September.

Active Ingredients of Agrimony Herb

Agrimony contains beneficial active compounds including catechin - a water soluble polyphenol and antioxidant and thiamin - a water soluble B vitamin. It also contains quercitrin an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that is also the source of its yellow pigmentation. Agrimony contains the complex polyphenol tannin. This bitter plant compound is a natural astringent. Also present in agrimony are palmitic, silicic, and ursolic acids. Palmitic acid is one of the most common saturated fatty acids in both animals and plants. New studies have found that palmetic acid may help fight skin cancer. Silicic acid is a compound of hydrogen, oxygen, and silicon that has been shown to be beneficial to hair, skin, and nails. Ursolic acid is a pentacyclic triterpenoid found in many herbs and fruits that acts as a diuretic and anti-inflammatory. In addition to its medicinal properties, the plant is also used as a dye. The entire plant is used to make dye and when gathered from spring through September, Agrimony yields a pale yellow hue. When gathered late in the year, the dye results in a deep rich yellow.

Traditional Health Benefits Of Agrimony Herb

Early Greeks used agrimony for the treatment of eye disorders and brewed leaves and seeds are used to treat stomach disorders such as diarrhea and irritable bowel movement.

Agrimony concoction is also used in ancient Greece for the treatment of kidney, liver and gall bladder problems.

Benefits And Nutrition Of Agrimony Herb For Health
Agrimony Herb Flower

During the middle ages, agrimony was used to treat wounds to promote healing.

In Austria, agrimony was used to treat respiratory ailments, liver, kidney and bile problems.

In ancient Northern Europe, it was used as an antidote for poison and snake bites. 

Agrimonia SeedsIn Northern America,  Indians used agrimony for fever, ague and gastro-intestinal problems. 

Agrimony was used as an astringent to treat skin eruptions, sores, pimples and wounds. A decoction is mixed to the bath to wash the skin.

Extract from agrimony mixed with oil was used to treat gout and arthritis. A decoction is likewise drunk  with wine is said to relieve the symptoms.

Culpeper, a noted English herbalist in mid- 17th century wrote about agrimony being used as a healing herb both for external and inward wounds. Agrimony mixed in baths was used to heal skin wounds and sores while a decoction of agrimony taken internally, sometimes with wine may heal bruises, hurts and discomfort.

Agrimony is also used as a gargle to improve bad breath, cure sore throat and drunk to relieve cough. 
Herbalists from 17th century including John Gerard recommended the use of agrimony for the treatment of jaundice or diseases of the liver.

Health Benefits of Agrimony Herb

For further information, the agrimony is used with its whole herbs for different purposes and it is recommended by some medical experts for the reason that the whole herb produces and agent that ease inflammation and it also produces an agent that contracts organic tissue which then lessen the secretions or the discharges.

The dried flowers of agrimony are used to make a spring tonic or diet drink and are thought to purify blood. In France it’s served tableside as a beverage and also used as an herbal remedy for coughs.

Benefits And Nutrition Of Agrimony Herb For Health
Agrimony Herb Picture

Agrimony also contains bitter principle, flavonoids, and it yields in addition for about five percent of tannin in order for its function in cottage medicines for the gargles and also for the astringent applicant to lethargic ulcers and wounds, aid in ease of digestion and for mild and acute diarrhea. It is also beneficial for troublesome bowel issues and to help tone mucous membranes and improve function.

Due to its blood purification qualities, agrimony may help relieve symptoms of jaundice, liver ailments, and other blood conditions. This flushing aids in relieving the liver of built-up toxins and makes organ functioning better able to rid the body of disease.

Because of its diuretic affect agrimony can help shed excess water weight and helps to flush the kidneys and bladder and helps to get rid of kidney stones. Agrimony’s sometimes combined with corn silk to alleviate the symptoms of cystitis and urinary incontinence.

Agrimony has many topical uses, including rheumatism relief and skin eruptions like pimples, acne and blotches and even scrofulous sores and eczema without noted adverse affects in moderate use.

From ancient times agrimony has been used for healing wounds and snake bites and for halting bleeding. Due to its high silica content it’s still valued today as an astringent for cuts and abrasions.

Agrimony may have beneficial effects on coughs, sore throats, bronchitis,asthma and varicose ulcers. A gargle made from this herb can also reduce nasal mucus accumulation, helping to restore breathing to normal.

Agrimony is also used by women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding and for urinary infections.

Aside from those mentioned conditions, agrimony is used generally for genitourinary conditions, inflammatory conditions, liver conditions, respiratory tract conditions, gargles, skin conditions, and other conditions such as appendicitis, fevers, and much more. However, outside from those multiple benefits that anyone can get from the agrimony, it is still necessary to note that agrimony must not be applied in cases of constipation. And the herb must only be used with the recommendation of the healthcare provider.

Possible Side Effects and Interactions of Agrimony

Benefits And Nutrition Of Agrimony Herb For Health
Like all pharmaceutical and natural treatments, agrimony should be used with caution and understanding.

Individuals with known allergies or hyper-sensitivity to it should not use this herb. Agrimony’s considered safe for topical use and as a tea or beverage and it’s listed by the Council of Europe as a natural source of food flavoring.

Due to its high tannin content, agrimony should be used in moderate doses on the skin and internally. High amounts may lead to gastrointestinal upset and complications to underlying diseases.

Patients with a history of excessive bleeding or bleeding disorders should use it at milder doses. Use of Agrimony during pregnancy or breastfeeding should be avoided because associated risks are yet unknown.

How To Use Agrimony Herb

One of the most common methods of enjoying this useful herb is by making tea. To treat diarrhea a cup of weak tea should be sipped up to six times a day. A stronger tea is used as a gargle to sooth sore throats and quiet coughs. To make the tea add one to two teaspoons of dried leaves stems or flowers to one liter of hot water and steep five to fifteen minutes depending on desired strength. For skin inflammation and to treat wounds soak a compress in very strong tea and apply several times daily. For skin issues essential oil may also be used. Agrimony is available as dried leaves, stems, and flowers, ground power, fluid extract, and essential oil.