Agrimony Herb Harvesting, History, Folklore, and Recipes
Agrimony Harvesting Information
Agrimony is usually common enough to harvest freely in the wild, (not so for the small woodland species)_as long as you take only a small portion from any given area. Tie in small bundles and hang in a dark, dry place for a few days to a week depending on temperature. Or place small amounts in large paper bags. Dry herbs in well ventilated areas away from smoke, pets, and rodents. Harvest Agrimony seeds in late summer or early fall, and plant right away or store in freezer. (Continued below)
Agrimony History and Folklore
Witches used Agrimony in spells to dispel negative energies, and to ward off hexes. Agrimony was said to cause a deep sleep. When placed beneath a mans head this sleep would last until it was removed.
This passage is from an old English medical manuscript:
"If it be leyd under mann’s heed,
He shal sleepyn as he were deed;
He shal never drede ne wakyn
Till fro under his heed it be takyn"’
Author Jessica Houdret says "The Anglo Saxons included Agrimony in charms and dubious preparations of blood and pounded frogs."
Herbal Tea Recipe
Agrimony Herb Tea: Infuse 1 teaspoon dried Agrimony root, leaves, or flowers in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain and flavor with honey and a little licorice root if desired. Take up to 1 cup per day. Said to be a good blood purifier.
Bach Flower Remedies : Agrimony
Homeopathic Remedy for: "The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humour and jesting and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate themselves and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness."
Agrimony Herb Products
Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of
Herbs - Rodale Press
Indian Herbology of North America- Alma Hutchins
The Ultimate Book of Herbs and Herb Gardening - Jessica Houdret
The Way of Chinese Herbs, The Way of Herbs - Dr. Michael Tierra
Photos by Karen Bergeron Copyright 2003-2015 Article Copyright 1996-2015 by Lori Herron, Karen Bergeron and Alternative Nature . Contributing Author: Deb Jackson
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