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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

AGRIMONY


Latin Name: Agrimonia eupatoria

Alternate Names: Church Steeples, Sticklewort

Family: ROSACEAE

Parts Used: Above ground portion, root.

Properties: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Deobstruent, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Hemostatic, Hepatic, Vulnerary.

Internal Uses: Asthma, Bladder Irritation, Bladder Stones, Bronchitis, Cancer, Cystitis, Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Fever, Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Poor Digestion, Sore Throat

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.

It makes an apricot scented tea. In Chinese medicine it is used to stop excessive menstrual flow. Agrimony helps to clear heat and dry dampness. When used internally or externally, it increases the level of trombocytes, thus improving coagulation.

Topical Uses: Bruises, Diarrhea, Eye Problems, Hemorrhoids, Hives, Muscle Soreness, Sprains

Topical Applications: Use as a wash for bruises, sore muscles, sprains, hives and eye ailments. Gargle for sore throat. Use as a suppository for diarrhea and hemorrhoids. When Agrimony is used as a wash for wounds it can increase blood coagulation.

Energetics: Bitter, Warm.

Chemical Constituents: Polysaccharides, tannins, flavonoids, coumarins, silica, malic acid, phytosterols, vitamins B and K, iron.

Contraindications: Use in moderation. Not for use during pregnancy or when one is constipated. High doses may slow heartbeat.

Comments: The name Agrimony has its origins in both the Greek and Anglo-Saxon term argemon, meaning speck in the eye, as this herb was used as a wash for eye problems. The species name, eupatoria, refers to an ancient Persian King, Mithrades Eupator, a renowned herbalist. Agrimony was a popular European medicine in treating wounds and was part of a formula called Eau de Arquesbusade, from a fifteenth century term for musket, arquebus. Agrimony also has been used as a yellow dye.

As a Bach Flower Remedy, it is used for people who are inwardly tortured, yet hide it from others. Its energetic is slightly bitter. Its flower essence is for those who hide their troubles with a happy face and avoid all argument.

The common name Agrimony includes the species Agrimonia pilos, Agrimonia gryposepala, and Agrimonia striata, which are used interchangeably with Agrimonia eupatoria.

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