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agrimony - agrimonia eupatoria - flower and racerne

Agrimony, common, Agrimonia eupatoria L.

This plant can regularly be found along the rivers, waving happily with its long clusters full of yellow flowers. Agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria, is incredibly versatile when it comes to medicinal and magical effects and it is even edible.

Medicinal effects of agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria

It is a good plant to have in your arsenal if you regularly deal with digestive problems. Agrimony support all digestive organs, from mouth to anus. It is an excellent ally against disorders of the mouth, throat and vocal cords as well. Also interesting are its effects on both types of diabetes and their side effects.

Magical properties of this wonderful plant

Magically, it is useful to reverse curses and spells. Agrimony not only breaks a curse, but immediately sends it back to the sender. It also protects against negative energies, spirits and beings of a non-human nature. And do you suffer from insomnia? Then this is your new best friend. But you have to make sure that someone takes it from under your pillow at some point, otherwise you will keep on sleeping.

As mentioned, you can eat agrimony. More than one part of it, actually. It’s also an interesting plant because it contains vitamin K

Botanical description Common agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria L.

Perennial plant that can grow up to 1.5 meters high. Blooms in long spike shaped raceme on a limp stalk, which means that an agrimony in full bloom often drops to the side. Flowers are 5 to 8 mm in size, yellow in colour with 5 petals and smell a bit like apricots. The spike blooms from bottom to top. The fruits are bristly, getting them all tangled up and thus they attach themselves easily to fur, fabric, etcetera. That’s how they transport themselves. The stem is hirsute with alternately large and small pinnate leaves, which are dark green on top and greyish green and hairy at the bottom. The root is small, crooked, creeping with many root hairs.

Interesting facts

Common agrimony owes its generic name, Eupatoria, to King Mithridates Eupator of Pontus, who is said to have discovered the medicinal effect of this plant. The plant has therefore been used as a medicinal plant for a long time. Dioscorides and Galenus already praised the plant.
You can use the root to make a yellow dye.

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