The agrimony herb is known among commoners as church steeples, cocklebur and sticklewort, this species originated around 63 AD in Turkey. Mithridates Eupator, a King at that time, loved herbalism and introduced this plant to the masses.
Later, Pliny said it represented authority, while in the Victorian Language of Flowers it portrayed thankfulness.
Agrimony is part of the Rose family and typically blooms from June to September, being a common site in England. In Spring, the light aroma of blooming Agrimony can delight the nose, while its flowers please the eyes.
There is one variety that has much larger petals than the other, which has been classified as Agrimonia Odorata because the smell also packs a far greater wallop.
The country mage of old use Agrimony to make sleeping potions (sometimes hoping for ill-gotten gain) and to ward off hexes.
Medicinally, however, the plant proved very effective in treating liver issues, diarrhoea, as a blood cleanser, and to ease itchy throats by making it into tea. The flavor, akin to apricot, made the beverage palatable even to difficult patients.
Native Americans favored it to bring down fevers, Culpepper recommended it for colic. In the kitchen people used Agrimony for flavoring beer and to make yellow die.
In terms of habitat, Agrimony grows best in a temperate climate, specifically marshy areas in Northern latitudes, but is very hearty and grows beyond that space relatively successfully.
It lives best in partial sun, and may be cultivated by root division come Spring or Fall.
The herb itself is best harvested in summer while in full bloom.
Tie the harvest into small bundles. Hang these in a dark, dry (and clean) space for about a week to dry completely. Continue to store in a dark, dry area for up to 6 months for best freshness.
Modern Agrimony has been part of Bach’s homeopathic recipes to improve one’s overall disposition.