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agrimony - agrimonia eupatoria - flower and racerne

Agrimony, common, Agrimonia eupatoria L.

This plant is called common agrimony, but it is not at all that common. Agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria, is incredibly versatile when it comes to medicinal and magical uses and it is edible too.
Sometimes, you come across this plant along rivers, happily waving its long spikes full of yellow flowers.

Medicinal effects of agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria

It is a great plant to have in your arsenal if you regularly deal with digestive problems. This plant supports your body from mouth to bum.
Agrimony is an excellent ally for diseases of the mouth, throat and vocal cords. Its effect on both types of diabetes and their side effects makes it relevant as a medicinal plant in our current society.

Magical properties of this wonderful plant

Magically, agrimony is useful for reversing curses and spells. This plant not only breaks a curse, but immediately sends it back to the sender. In addition, it protects against negative energies, spirits and beings of a non-human nature.
And do you suffer from insomnia? Then agrimony is your new best friend. But you must make sure someone takes it out from under your pillow, otherwise you will sleep for too long…
As mentioned before, agrimony is edible. This goes for several parts of this plant. Interestingly, it contains vitamin K.

Botanical description Common agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria L.

Perennial plant that can grow up to a metre and a half in height. Its flowers grow in long spike-shaped racemes on a limp stalk, which results in agrimony in full bloom often dropping to the side.
The flowers are 5 to 8 mm in size, yellow in colour with five petals and smell a little like apricots. The spike blooms from bottom to top. The fruits are bristly, which makes them tangle and easily get caught in fur, fabric, et cetera. That is exactly how they transport themselves.
The stem is hirsute with alternating 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 and has 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. So, the plant has been used as a medicinal plant for a long time. Dioscorides and Galenus already praised the properties this plant.

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