Agrimony is an herb historically used to treat wounds for its topical anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. It's name comes from the Greek word: argemone, which means a plant to heal the eyes. It is also ingested as a diuretic, for digestive issues, and used for a sore throat. In one human study, agrimony showed potential liver protective activities.
While agrimony can be used as a medicinal herb, hemp-agrimony is quite the opposite. Hemp- agrimony contains toxic and carcinogenic properties. Don't confuse these two!
One review of agrimony research discussed antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential of the herb. In one human study, agrimony showed potential liver protective activities. In another human study, drinking the tea for one month reduced lipid levels, inflammation, and had an antioxidant effect in participants. It may also help in wound healing, as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, and anti-diabetic. More research is warranted.
Latin Name: Agrimonia eupatoria
Agrimony is a tall weed-like plant with a hairy stalk and leaves. It's pods easily stick all over fur and clothes. It has spikes with multiple yellow aromatic flowers. Each flower has five petals.
As an anti-inflammatory or diuretic, adults make a tea with 1 tsp of dried leaves; steep 10 minutes. Add honey to taste. Excessive use can cause digestive upset.
Apply topically as a poultice to wounds, eczema, and inflammation. Boil the leaves on low for about 15 minutes, wrap in cloth and apply to skin.