Agrimonia Eupatoria.—A plant of the natural order rosaceae, common over all England in the hedge-rows, pastures, and woodsides. It has long leaves, dented at edges, green above, and grayish underneath, and a little hairy. The stalk which is strong, round, hairy, and brown, is two or three feet high, with smaller leaves upon it. At the top grow small yellow flowers, one above another, in long spikes, after which come rough heads of seeds, pendant, and which adhere to garments, like burs. The root is black, long, and perennial. It flowers in July and August.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Agrimony:

—This herb ought to have high reputation on account of its great medicinal qualities. The leaves may be used fresh or dried. It is a famous vilnerary herb. The leaves are astringent and aromatic, and therefore very useful in jaundice, diabetes, and incontinence in urine. It is given for a lax tone of the bowels, on account of its astringency, and combined with raspberry leaves, would arrest diarrhea. Few herbs have been so efficacious in spitting of blood, bloody urine, and disorders of the liver. The best method of using it is by infusion, sweetened with a little sugar. It should be taken in the morning fasting, and repeated two or three times during the day. It has been found useful in colic, and in coughs. It cleanses the chest and the lungs. In Ague, the decoction of it taken hot before the fit in time cures the disease. The leaves and seeds infused in wine cure the bloody flux. Made into an ointment, (with Hog's Lard) it cures wounds, sores, ulcers, etcetera. In liver affections it is very serviceable. By it some very obstinate cases have been cured. It is a most effectual cleanser of the skin, and purifier of the blood, and it is an excellent gargle for sore throats. For diabetes and incontinence of urine, boil in milk. Agrimony tea. with alum and honey is a remedy for tape worms. Take equal quantities of Agrimony, St. John's Wort, and Camomile flowers, and Wormwood, make into a decoction, and you have a good fomentation, for violent pains, cramps, etcetera. The plant should be gathered when in bloom, and carefully dried, and hung up in a warm place. How few know the value of this plant !
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