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Agrimony Herb (Agrimonia eupatoria)

Agrimony Herb (Agrimonia eupatoria)

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A herbal food supplement

BOTANICAL NAME

Agrimonia eupatoria

COMMON NAMES

Common Agrimony, Church Steeples, Cockeburr, Sticklewort

FAMILY

Rosaceae

DESCRIPTION

Belonging to the rose order of plants, agrimony is one of the prettiest small British herbs.

PART SUPPLIED

The loose dried herb.

AVAILABLE AS

100g / 500g Pouch. Not currently available to customers in the EU.

SUITABLE FOR

Vegetarians and vegans.

DIRECTIONS

Use 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Drink 3 or 4 times a day (or use as a gargle) unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

CAUTIONS

Maximum of 3g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules. Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children, or if you are unwell, have health concerns or an ongoing illness. If in doubt, please ask us, your medical herbalist or healthcare practitioner. If you are taking any medication, please speak to your healthcare practitioner before using this product. Discontinue use and consult a doctor if adverse reactions occur. This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet or lifestyle. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

FOOD USE

Agrimony was once much sought after as a substitute or addition to tea, adding a peculiar delicacy and aroma to its flavour. The dried leaf tea can be brewed into what is called 'a spring drink,' or 'diet drink,' a compound made by the infusion of several herbs and drunk in spring time as a purifier of the blood. In France, where herbal teas or tisanes are more employed than here, it is stated that agrimony tea, for its fragrancy, as well as for its virtues, is often drunk as a beverage at the table. 

MEDICINAL USE

Agrimony has an old reputation as a popular, domestic medicinal herb, being a simple well known to all country-folk. Considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc. A strong decoction of the root and leaves, has been taken successfully to cure scrofulous sores, being administered two or three times a day, in doses of a wine glassful, persistently for several months. The same decoction is also often employed in rural districts as an application to ulcers.

Key actions: Astringent tonic, diuretic.

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat indigestion, appendicitis and diarrhoea in children. 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.

OTHER USES
DYE PLANT

The whole plant consistently yields a good yellow dye. If picked in September, the colour is pale yellow. If picked later in the year, the colour is a deeper yellow.

STREWING HERB

The plant is deep green, covered with soft hairs, and has a slightly aromatic scent; even the small root is sweet scented, especially in spring. The spikes of flowers emit a most refreshing and spicy odour like that of apricots. The leaves when dry retain most of their fragrant odour, as well as the flowers.

HUSBANDRY

Sheep and goats will eat agrimony, but cattle, horses and pigs leave it untouched.  

STORAGE

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.

PACKAGING
Pouches: Packaged in a biodegradable stand-up resealable pouch. Made with 45% - 60% renewable wood pulp starch. When placed into a composting environment the pouches will biodegrade to compost within 3 months.