Agrimony is used for diarrhea and mild inflammation in the mouth, throat or skin. Read more about the healing power of agrimonia eupatoria!


The small Odermennig (Agrimonia eupatoria) was already in ancient times a highly valued medicinal plant. It is now used for diarrhea, inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa and superficial dermatitis. Learn Read more about the healing power and the use of agrimony!

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What kind of healing power is there in agrimony?

In the herb of ormennig (stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, Agrimoniae herba) are included, among other tannins, bitter substances and some essential oil. Together, the ingredients exert a mucous membrane-protecting, wound-healing and analgesic effect. This efficacy of agrimony is scientifically recognized in the treatment of:

  • mild non-specific diarrheal diseases (internal use)
  • Inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa (external use)
  • slight, superficial inflammation of the skin (external use)

In the experience healing the agrimony is recommended for other ailments, such as gallbladder disease.

How is agronomy used?

The agrimony herb is used for the preparation of tea infusions or for the preparation of finished medicinal products (tinctures, drops).

For the treatment of diarrhea, agrimony is recommended as tea: pour 1.5 to 4 grams of finely chopped herb with about 150 milliliters of boiling water and strain the plant parts off after ten minutes. You can drink a cup of oenmeng tea two to four times a day. The daily dose is three to six grams of the drug.

For external treatment of inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa and dermatitis you can use a watery decoction. For example, you can put two to three tablespoons of agrimony with cold water several times a day, then heat it and simmer for a few minutes, then strain, allow to cool slightly, and prepare an envelope for the diseased skin. Such watery decoctions of the medicinal plant are also suitable for gargling (in mucous membrane inflammation in the mouth and throat) and as a bath additive (in dermatitis).

Fertilizers based on agrimony are used according to the instructions in the package leaflet or the recommendations of the doctor or pharmacist.

What side effects can cause Agrimony?

So far no side effects are known for the use of agrimony.

What you should be aware of when using agrimony

If diarrhea persists for more than three days or if you have more complaints (fever, abdominal pain, blood in the stool, etc.), you should definitely consult a doctor.

The use of agrimony may interfere with the effects of other medicines. Therefore, you should consult with your doctor before using the medicinal plant.

There are no data on the use of Agrimonia Eupatoria in pregnant women, nursing women or children under the age of 12 years. In these cases, the medicinal plant should therefore not be used, or at most at the direction of a doctor.

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    Dangerous beauties

    Thimble and oleander and poinsettia - these plants enrich our gardens and living rooms. As beautiful as these plants are, they are as dangerous as they are. Best example: the lily of the valley. The entire plant is poisonous, but especially flowers, berries and leaves. It contains cardioactive substances as well as saponins which have a blood-dissolving effect.

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    Christmas star

    Originally the poinsettia comes from Mexico. At Christmas time the Advent star is a popular ornamental plant. The whole plant is poisonous, but especially the whitish milk juice. He steps out if you hurt the plant. Main active ingredients are beta-amyrin and germanicol.

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    water hemlock

    The water hemlock is native to Europe, North Asia and North America. In Germany it is mainly distributed in the north. It prefers to grow at pond edges, in ditches and swamps. All plant parts of the water hemlock are poisonous, but especially the juice of the rootstock. The toxic substance is cicutoxin, a so-called spasm venom.

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    The laburnum has its home in south and southeastern Europe. Because of its golden yellow flowers, the butterfly is popular in Central Europe as an ornamental shrub in gardens and parks. Above all flowers, fruits and seeds are poisonous. For infants, as many as three to four fruits or 15 to 20 seeds can cause death. Main active ingredients are so-called alkaloids, which act on the central nervous system.

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    The oleander belongs to the Hundsgiftgewächsen and can be up to five meters high as a tree or shrub. The leaves are elongated and pointed, leathery and evergreen. From July to October, the oleander produces white, red or pink flowers.The entire plant is poisonous. Main active ingredients are compounds that act on the heart and circulation (so-called glycosides).

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    Mistletoe is common in both Europe and North Asia. As a so-called semi-parasitic it grows on deciduous and coniferous trees and removes water and nutrient salts from its host plants. In addition to the stems are also poisonous leaves and berries. Main active ingredients are the so-called viscotoxins, which are toxic protein mixtures.

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    Autumn crocus

    The Herbstzeitlose is common in southern, western and central Europe and grows mainly on wet meadows and in gardens. It appears in the spring. All parts of the Herbstzeitlose are poisonous, above all however tuber and seeds. The main active ingredient is colchicine, which acts as a cytotoxin. Five grams are enough to kill an adult. Children are already between 1.2 and 1.5 grams life-threatening.

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    The Red Foxglove is common in western and central Europe in the mountains. He is also found in forest clearings and as an ornamental plant in gardens. All plant parts are poisonous, but especially the leaves, flowers and seeds. Main active ingredients are various substances that affect the heart (eg digitoxin). Already 0.3 grams of dried leaves are toxic to an adult.

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    angel's Trumpet

    The angel trumpet is originally from Brazil. Because of its large, beautiful flowers, it is now a popular container plant. All plant parts are poisonous. Main active ingredients are scopolamine, hyoscyanine and atropine, which have a debilitating and intoxicating effect.

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    Blue iron hat

    The blue monkshood grows preferentially in damp locations in the mountains, on river banks or as ornamental plant in gardens. All plant parts of the Blue Eisenhut are poisonous, but especially the root. Main active ingredients are alkaloids, which can have different effects on the organism. Even small amounts from 0.2 grams are poisonous.

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    Herb Paris

    The unicorn occurs in Europe and Asia Minor. They are found mainly in riparian forests and moist deciduous forests. The entire plant is poisonous, but especially the berries. Main active ingredients are saponins, which are believed to protect against insects or fungi. In higher concentrations saponins have a hemolytic effect, that is, they can destroy red blood cells. In larger quantities, they also damage the kidneys and the central nervous system.

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    The yew is widespread. In our latitudes, it grows mainly in shady forests. It is also commonly found as an ornamental shrub in gardens, cemeteries and parks. Both needles and seeds are poisonous, especially if you bite them. The red, sweet-tasting seed coat, on the other hand, is non-toxic. Main active ingredients are alkaloids. They have a strong pharmacological effect.

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    The original home of Dieffenbachie is the tropical America. Because of its beautifully drawn leaves and because she does not need much sun, the Dieffenbachie is a popular houseplant. The entire plant is poisonous, but especially the trunk. All organs contain so-called calcium oxalate needles. These have channels through which oxalic acid and other toxins can penetrate into open wounds. Three to four grams of leaves are considered deadly, and also runoff water should be toxic.

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    The Giant Bear Claw originally came from the Caucasus and reached our latitude as an ornamental plant. Nowadays, the plants are often found as wild specimens in Waldschneisen and on forest roads and roadsides. The whole plant is poisonous, but especially the juice. This contains phototoxic and skin damaging substances. Main active ingredients are so-called 6,7-furocoumarins. Under the influence of sunlight (UVA and UVB radiation) the phytochemicals are activated. In the morning, the phototoxic effect is stronger than in the evening.

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    The home of the Amaryllis is originally in the Andes of Peru. Nowadays, the Ritterstern is a popular houseplant, which is mainly bought in the months of January to April, as it then blooms. Especially the onion of amaryllis is poisonous. It contains special alkaloids that are cytotoxic and are considered very toxic.

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    The home of cyclamen is actually in the Middle East and Asia Minor. Meanwhile, the Primelgewächs in many living rooms and is one of the most popular houseplants. Especially the tuber is poisonous, it contains so-called saponins. These are secondary plant compounds that usually taste bitter and can affect the metabolism. Already 0.2 grams of tuber are considered toxic, eight grams as a lethal dose.

How to get agrimony and its products

Fertilizers based on agrimony or cut herb are available in pharmacies and well-stocked drugstores. For proper use, please refer to the enclosed package information or to your doctor or pharmacist.

Worth knowing about Agrimony

The small agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) is a representative of the rose family (Rosaceae). The perennial plant is widespread in almost all of Europe as far as West Asia and likes to settle in sunny, dry locations, for example along pathways and along bushes.

The agrimony is up to a meter high and has a little branched, hairy stems. On these are found unpaired feathered and hairy leaves. From June to August the plant produces many small, yellow flowers in spike-like inflorescences at the end of the stems. The flowers bloom from bottom to top along the spike. After pollination, the fruits develop from the flowers with many small hooks occupied. They easily stick to the coat of passing animals or people's clothes. In this way, the Odermennig spread.

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