GAELIC NAME :
LATIN NAME : Agrimonia eupatoria
FOLK / COMMON NAMES : Church Steeples, Cocklebur, Garclive,
Philanthropos, Sticklewort, Stickwort.
HABITAT: Fields, waste places and
is a perennial plant. Its red creeping rootstock produces a hairy stem from 1 to 5 feet
high. (30 cm to 1.5m).
The alternate pinnate leaves
are far apart on the stem and consist 5 to 9 lanceolate or oblanceolate,
crenateserrate leaflets which are resinous beneath and hairy along the veins.
The small yellow flowers
grow in a long raceme at the top of the stem during July and August. The
fruiting flower tubes sport hooked bristles that cling to whatever brushes
MEDICINAL PART: The
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: Astringent
MEDICINAL USES: Agrimony
makes a good gargle for inflammations of the mouth and throat. Taken
internally a tea made from the leaves is useful for kidney, liver, and spleen
problems and for gallstones.
It is sometimes recommended
for chronic gall-bladder problems, accompanied by excess acidity in the
stomach. The root can be soaked to make a drink that relieves constipation
and strengthens the liver.
Externally the tea or a
poultice of fresh leaves can be used to help heal wounds and as a treatment for
varicose veins. It can also be made into a salve with unsalted butter for
For aches and pains due to
over-exertion try a footbath containing Agrimony.
GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Jupiter.
ELEMENT : Air.
ASSOCIATED CELTIC GODDESS : Danu
POWERS : Protection
For Protection use while calling upon Danu, Lugh or Manannan
Mac Lir. For sleep Lugh was known to have given sleep herbs to Cúchulainn.
Use in all protection sachets and spells, also to remove negative
energies and spirits. Agrimony has also long
been used to reverse spells sent against the magician ; i.e. it not only breaks hexes, it
also sends them back to the hexer.