Agrimony Tea is an infusion made from the agrimony herb of the rose family. Agrimony plant can be typically found near hedges and fences throughout England.
Agrimony bears yellow flowers with egg-shaped petals on spikes that emanate from hairy stems. Agrimony possesses a distinctive, pleasant scent that is usually compared to apricots but isn’t as sweet. Agrimony tastes slightly bitter.
Back in the Elizabethan era, herbalists referred to Agrimony as ‘philanthropos’ perhaps mainly due to its beneficent properties as a medicine.
Agrimony tea is valued for its antioxidant tannins and flavonoids. Agrimony Tea has been traditionally treated as a diuretic. It also acts as an astringent on wounds.
Agrimony tea is typically made by using one cup of boiling water as a medium to infuse one to two teaspoonfuls of the dried agrimony herb (coming from the leaves and flowers) for about ten to fifteen minutes. Agrimony Tea can then be cooled and strained and can be used three times a day an herbal remedy.
Among the actions of Agrimony tea are the following:
- Helps in the treatment of diarrhea.
- Been used to help digestion.
- Combats inflammation.
- May help against viral infection.
- May support liver function.
- May be used to treat cough and sore throat.
- May help treat conjunctivitis.
- May help in treatment of vaginal discharges.
Caution however must be exercised by those who are under medication for low or high blood pressure. Pregnant women and nursing mothers must also avoid this due to effects in the menstrual cycle.
Some tidbits on agrimony:
- The ancient Greeks were the first ones to use a brew of agrimony tea to treat diarrhea. Here are a few more teas for diarrhea.
- Agrimony tea has a substantial concentration of Vitamin C. It is an antioxidant that imbues the agrimony of many of its healing properties, so much so that the ancient Greeks came to see the plant as some sort of panacea for assorted ailments.
- Although agrimony possesses no known narcotic properties, it was often prescribed as a treatment for sleeplessness in the olden days. It was even believed that when the agrimony is placed in the pillows underneath a person’s head, it will induce a deep sleep that will last as long as the herb is kept near the person. While all that is largely superstition, here are some teas that have been scientifically studies as possessing constituents that may help people fight insomnia.
- Agrimony has lots of antioxidant content. Antioxidants are substances that prevent or slow down the oxidation of other molecules, thus contributing to less cellular damage. Agrimony has a high tannin content, which has both good and bad effects. While they offer free radical protection, they also inhibit the proper absorption of certain nutrients and minerals from food. However, the harmful effects of the tannins may be blunted by adding milk to the agrimony tea.
- One of the viral infections that agrimony tea is used for is those affecting the urinary tract. In these cases, it is alongside other herbs such as cornsilk as these herbs go well together in cases of problems related to urinary incontinence.