Agrimony is a great help for anyone with skin troubles and can also be used for the relief of asthma, bronchial troubles and rheumatism. Combines with equal parts of raspberry leaf will stop diarrhoea. Historically it has been used to treat liver problems and poisoning.
In North America, it is said to be used in fevers with great success, by the Indians and Canadians. In the Middle Ages, it was said to have magic powers, if laid under a man’s head inducing heavy sleep till removed, but no narcotic properties are ascribed to it.
The most impressive health benefits of agrimony include its ability to reduce inflammation, improve digestive functions, improve bladder control, lessen menstrual issues, clear up skin issues, detoxify the body, and boost hair and nail health. In ancient times, agrimony was often used in various brews, solutions, and tonics. The leaves and flowers contain a unique chemical composition that can act on the body as a detoxifying, astringent, coagulating, and anti-inflammatory substance. For this reason, it has been used in the direct or secondary treatment of a wide variety of ailments over time. One of the most well-known uses of agrimony is as a coagulant that can reduce bleeding in the body and help heal wounds. While menstruation isn’t a “wound”, per se, agrimony can be administered orally to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and reduce inflammation to make those difficult periods a bit more tolerable. As an anti-inflammatory agent, agrimony has often been used to eliminate digestive and gastrointestinal issues, particularly diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. By reducing irritation and inflammation in the membranes and tissues of the gut, it can significantly soothe the stomach. In a similar way as reducing inflammation in the gut, agrimony is also widely used to improve respiratory conditions that may involve inflammation, such as sore throats, chronic coughing, bronchitis, and other sinus issues. For colds, coughs, and flu, it can be an effective way to speed up the recovery and healing process. The astringent quality of agrimony is said to make bladder control easier. Since it is non-toxic and has shown no signs of having negative effects on health, it is being given to children for generations with no side effects or issues. When you are suffering from blemishes, pimples, rashes, acne, psoriasis, eczema, or any other skin condition, you can topically apply agrimony to the affected area and it can help to alleviate the issue.
To make tea or a tisane, pour a mug of boiling water over a teaspoon of dried leaf. Steep for about 5 minutes then strain. Add a spoon of honey is desired and maybe a slice of lemon. If you use a teaspoon of raspberry leaves with the agrimony it can be used to treat diarrhea.
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Always be sure to research the possible side effects of any herb before beginning its use.
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