Hemp Agrimony Benefits

Hemp agrimony must not be mistaken for Sticklewort, also called Greek agrimony, which belongs to another botanical family and has different properties.

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Hemp Agrimony Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific Name: Eupatorium cannabinum L.
  2. French: Eupatoire.
  3. Spanish: Eupatorio.
  4. Environment: Wetlands and forests all over Europe and America.
  5. Description: Vivacious plant of the Compositae family, which grows up to 1.5 m high, with pink, white, or light blue flowers, growing in flower heads. Its root has a rancid smell, and its leaves taste sour.
  6. Parts of the plant used medicinally: Leaves and fresh roots.

Hemp Agrimony Benefits

The whole plant contains resin, a bitter substance, tannin, and traces of essence. It has choleretic (increases bile secretion in the liver), depurative, antirheumatic, laxative, and expectorant properties. Hemp agrimony treats hepatic afflictions (hepatitis, cirrhosis), arthritis, rheumatic pain, bronchitis, colds, and a mild purgative. In external applications, it has vulnerary properties: it heals infected wounds, ulcers, and skin bruises.

Warning

In high doses, it may provoke vomiting

How to use Hemp Agrimony

hemp agrimony leaves and flowers
  1. Decoction with fifty grams of the sliced fresh root, or leaves, per liter of water. Drink two or three cups a day.
  2. Compresses soaked in the above decoction are then applied to the afflicted skin area.

American Species

There are several Eupatorium species in America:

  • Eupatorium collinum D.C., which is cultivated to use its leaves as a substitute for hops.
  • Eupatorium perfoliatum L. This species grows in North America and is used as laxative, sudorific, and febrifuge against influenza and colds. Its common name is boneset.
  • Eupatorium purpureum L. is commonly called Queen of the Meadow. This is a plant used by American natives as a diuretic and stimulating.
  • Eupatorium staechadosmum Hance. Native to Indochina but cultivated in tropical America because of the medicinal properties of its leaves.
  • Eupatorium triplinerve Vahl. = Eupatorium ayapana Vent. Comes from the Asian and American tropics. Its leaves render a stimulant infusion. In some places, it is known as Amazon tea.

REFERENCES

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. 388. Print.

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