Thursday, July 10, 2014
Agrimony ~ Gentle Healer
As I try to grow in my knowledge of useful medicinal herbs, I am constantly astounded at how good the Lord is to have given us so much as a part of His good earth. So many things are good for . . . well . . . SO MANY THINGS! :-)
One of those multi-use herbs is a bitter herb called Agrimony. This lovely yellow plant caught my eye, as yellow is my favorite color. Once I started looking into it's uses, I was even more pleased.
Agrimony contains a goodly amount of tannins which are good for drying things up ~ think of the astringent that a person with oily skin uses to dry up their oils and heal their acne. They are also used to tan hides. Tannins in plants help to stop bleeding, tighten "lazy" tissues and help heal. So, it's not surprising that using merely a poultice made from the dried herb will help stop a a wound that's bleeding and help with forming a clot/scab. Agrimony tea also helps with heavy menstrual bleeding and varicose veins.
Being a Bitter Herb, it makes a great remedy for digestive issues, for everything from a daily digestive "tonic" to stopping diarrhea, helps liver function and the gallbladder.
It is also VERY gentle, so gentle that it is often used to help children with diarrhea and bed-wetting. And while we're on that subject . . . it helps greatly with adult incontinence and cystitis.
Agrimony is such a diverse healer ~ you can make a very strong tea (steep 1 TB of the dried herb in 1 c of water for 20-30 minutes, strain, use the "tea" as a skin wash for eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin areas.
2-3 cups per day of Agrimony tea (1 to 1-1/2 ts per tea cup or mug), as mentioned above, can help with adult incontinence (or a cup before bedtime for a child) and can even be used as a sore throat gargle. Add a little bit of dried raspberry leaf to the Agrimony tea for heavy periods OR use it by itself. You may even like it with a little bit of dried rosehips for the added vitamin C. Combine with a small amount of cornsilk or horse chestnut to help heal varicose veins.
What a wondrous herb. What a great Creator we serve Who takes such good care of us by giving us such great, useful gifts from His creation.
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><
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