Agrimony flower essence belongs to the Rosaceae family, consisting of more than 2000 species, some of the most beautiful plants. However, unlike other plants of this botanical family, the Agrimony, also called sticklewort, is a plant with quite an insipid appearance and is not precisely outstanding based on its attractiveness. Of course, as in many other matters, beauty and efficiency do not always go together.
Agrimony has been known and used since ancient times. Mithridates Eupator, physician and king of the Pontus (132-63 B.C.), widely used this plant and gave it his family name: eupatoria. Dioscorides and other Greek botanists and physicians applied it in compresses to war wounds. Avicenna, the famous Arabic medieval physician, also used this plant.
Agrimony Flower Essence Scientific Facts
- Scientific Name: Agrimonia eupatoria L.
- Other Names: Cockleburr, sticklewort
- French: Aigremoine.
- Spanish: Agrimonia.
- Environment: Common in hedges, forest borders, and slopes in warm climates. It grows all over Europe and in South America.
- Description: Herbaceous plant of the Rosaceae family, growing from 40 to 60 cm high, with upright stems and yellow flowers growing at the end of these, in racemes. The seeds of its fruits are covered with small thorns that stick to clothes and animals’ fur.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The leaves and the flowers.
The plant contains flavonoids, essential oils, and mainly tannins, to which it owes most of its medicinal effects. Tannins act on skin and mucous membrane as astringents, forming a layer of coagulated proteins over them, upon which micro-organisms can longer act. This fact is also the basis for skin tanning.
How to use Agrimony
- Infusion or decoction with 20 to 30 grams of flowers and leaves per liter of water. Drink three or four cups a day, sweetened with honey if desired.
- Mouth rinses and gargles with a concentrated decoction (100 grams per liter), boiling until it reduces its volume to a third. Sage and linden may be added to this decoction. Sweeten with 50 grams of honey.
- Compresses are applied directly to the wounds, soaked in this concentrated decoction, without sugar.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. Vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 205. Print. [agrimony flower]