Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Cut and Sifted, Certified Organic
Common names: Cocklebur, Stickwort, Church Steeples, Sticklewort, Philanthropos, Ackerkraut, Agrimonia, Funffing, Herbe de Saint-Guillaume, Liverwort, Stickwort, Acrimony, Harvest Lice, Aigremoine, Odermennig, Burr Marigold, Garclive
Suitable for tea. This herb is known for its ability to help alleviate diarrhea. Agrimony is mildly astringent, and would be appropriate for any flu-like symptoms that involve diarrhea and loose, watery stools. As with any condition where body fluids are being lost in greater than normal volume, this herb is recommended as a tea. Agrimony can also be used as a mild diuretic, which is also good to take as a tea. It is an astringent, slightly bitter herb with a lemony flavor and will become more bitter the longer it is steeped. Its astringent properties can be attributed to the presence of tannins in the plant, which are water soluble and easily extract in water. I consider this herb safe for use in children. It also has confirmed anti-viral activities and is specific against Hepatitis B.
A water and alcohol extract, also known as a tincture, of each of the following plants: Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) and Sage (Salvia officinalis) were active in inhibiting the growth of Helicobacter pylori. H. pylori is a bacteria that lives in the stomach and can cause problems in people who have ulcers. It is believed that H. pylori is a contributing cause to the stomach lining not healing, and therefore perpetuating the ulcer. This further supports the use of this herb as an aid to the digestive or alimentary canal, having an affinity for helping to heal the mucosa membranes of the internal epithelial lining.
When buying this herb you want to look for the above ground parts, particularly the leaf of this plant. The color should be a deep green to silver green, and appear fresh and vibrant, not bleached and overly dried out. Use this herb in combination with other herbs, to make a tea, or it can be used as a simple.
Cwikla C, Schmidt K, Matthias A, Bone KM, Lehmann R, Tiralongo E. (2009). Investigations into the antibacterial activities of phytotherapeutics against Helicobacter pylori and Campylobacter jejuni. Phytother Res. Aug 3.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with any herbal medicines, you should contact your doctor to ensure Agrimony is right for you.