Dried ariel parts of agrimony herb (Agrimonia eupatoria)
Dried aerial parts of Agrimonia eupatoria
Parts used: Aerial parts, harvested when flowering or just before.
Habitat: A lesser known member of the venerable rose family. A leafy perennial native to Europe, often growing along waysides and hedges, preferring sunny, moist, well-drained soil.
Constituents: Flavonoids; derivatives of luteolin, apigenin, quercetin, kaempherol and isoflavonoids diadzen and biochanin. Oligomeric procyanidins, tannins (up to 8%), phenolic acids, terpenoids and smaller amounts of coumarins, salicilic acid and volatile oils.
Actions: Astringent, Diruretic, Tonic
Folklore: Traditional British folklore states that if a sprig of the plant was placed under a person's head, they would sleep until it was removed.
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