Agrimonia eupatoria, Agrimonia gryposepala
Until the late nineteenth century, agrimony was a common treatment for cough, diarrhea, skin conditions, and sore throat. This common, useful herb offers a slightly sweet scent that might remind you of apricots. It makes a pleasant addition to herbal teas, especially when you have a cold or the flu.
Parts Used: Leaves and flowers
Precautions: Can aggravate constipation
Identifying/ Growing: More commonly known as the cocklebur or sticklewort, agrimony is a member of the rose family. Instead of prickly thorns, its woody stem is covered in soft down. Toothy, dark green leaves adorn the branches, giving way to spikes of small, bright yellow flowers that leave prickly burrs behind when they fade. The plant reaches an average height of 2 feet, with some plants reaching 4 feet. Though commonly found in fields and woodlands throughout Europe and North America, agrimony is easy to grow. It prefers full sun to partial shade, and requires moderate watering. The soil should be kept moist and well drained. Harvest the leaves anytime throughout the season, and snip the flowers when they begin to bloom.