Hemp Agrimony is a herb with a number of uses and is often referred to in folk medicine by names such as church steeples or sticklewort. It grows mainly in woodlands, hedges, and along roadsides. There are a number of varieties of the plant, each only slightly different to the others.
The use of agrimony herb is thought to date back to the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks. The name comes from the Greek word for “healing for eyes,” while the Anglo-Saxons used it to treat wounds. The entire plant can be used for medicinal purposes. The leaves should be picked before the plant flowers if required for drying, but both the flowers and leaves can also be used fresh.
The hemp agrimony herb has a number of benefits and uses:
- It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a diuretic.
- It is thought to be beneficial for those afflicted with anemia, as it may have blood conditioning properties.
- Herbalists also recommend it for digestive problems such as indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and diarrhea. The dried herb can be made into a tea for improving digestive health. It can be combined with the calming effects of chamomile, particularly in the case of inflammation. This is also suitable for children. However, it is not recommended for constipation.
- The herb has antibacterial properties. It has been used for a long time to treat sore throats, coughs, and other respiratory problems. Singers have been known to gargle with an infusion of agrimony to keep the throat clear and in good condition. The agrimony tincture is more effective than the tea and can be used to expel excess mucus from the airways.
- Agrimony tea can be taken to help the healing of internal bleeding. In Chinese herbal medicine, hemp agrimony is prescribed to prevent the uterus from bleeding between periods.
- It is also thought to be beneficial for the kidney, gallbladder, and liver. It can clean and strengthen the organs.
- Agrimony can be used to regulate menstruation, both to reduce excessive bleeding and help when menstruation appears to be obstructed.
- An infusion of agrimony can be used as a wash for the eyes to ease the symptoms of conjunctivitis.
- A compress made from the leaves of the plant can be used to ease a headache.
- It can be a useful ingredient in skin creams to combat blemishes and sores due to its astringent properties.
- The dried herb can be infused into bath water and can help with aching joints and muscles.
Agrimony is available as a flower remedy. It is thought to be helpful for those who are suffering but try very hard to hide it. This can be particularly useful for children, those who have undergone some trauma or disappointment. It is intended to help people face disappointment and overcome it.
Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid the herb unless prescribed by a qualified professional. Those using the herb topically may find that the treated skin may react in sunlight. It should also be avoided if taking blood thinning medication.