Agrimony tea is a great tea when you are looking for an herbal tonic, something to help you when digestive problems stop you from leading your normal daily life.
It is made from flowers, leaves, and basically all the parts of the agrimony plant that grow above ground. Though it is its toothed dried leaves that provide the main health benefits of tea made with it.
Its Latin name is agrimonia eupatoria L. and its use can be tracked as far back as to the Ancient Greeks who gave it its name: "argemone" for plant that heals the eyes and "eupatoria" from the name of a king that was great at making herbal mixtures.
A few centuries on, this herb, native to England, was used by the Anglo-Saxons to produce an invigorating and medicinal wine. In the Elizabethan period, agrimony was already known for its wonderful health benefits, being then called "philanthropos" due to this medicinal reputation it had gained.
Today, this plant is known by many other names such as cockle bur, sticklewort and church steeples. This last name comes from the shape of the small yellow flowers common to the agrimony herb.
It is a dark green plant, from the rose family. It can be cultivated easily, being native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere like Europe, Canada and the US.
Agrimony contains tannins, flavonoids and polysaccharides, so this tea was used in Chinese medicine as a gentle blood purifier, but there are many more health benefits for you to find out.
Here’s a tip: if you like to sing, be it in the shower, karaoke with friends or even something more professional, gargle with this infusion, as it is used by those who wish to have a clear and refreshed throat before a performance.
So drink your agrimony infusion and start planning your next performance right now.
Infusions made with agrimony herb can be used externally to help you in the following situations:
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Although this tea has plenty of health benefits, there are some aspects that you have to take into consideration.
For example, it is best not to drink agrimony tea if you are taking medication for blood pressure, be it high or low.
Also due to its influence on menstruation, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid this tea.
Too much of tea made with agrimony may cause skin sensibility to light or it may cause digestive problems, aggravating constipation.
To make this tea here are a couple of suggestions that you may like.
Take 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried agrimony leaves and flowers, per cup of boiling water. Let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and strain. Drink three times a day.
You can sweeten your tea with licorice or honey. This is much better than using sugar, because if you are treating a sore throat, adding the benefits of honey to your tea just makes sense, doesn’t it?
You’ll end up with a nice amber-colored tea that has a slight bitter taste that will seem very similar to apricot.
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