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    Default Agrimony: A Medieval Herb With Modern Uses

    Jon Barron
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    If you've ever used the herb agrimony, you have something in common with the injured men on medieval battlefields. During the Middle Ages, the herb was used to treat a variety of health-related problems from bad backs and internal hemorrhages to wounds received on the battlefield. While agrimony's medieval history is probably more colorful, the use of the herb in fact predates the Middle Ages. The word agrimony actually comes from the Greek world Argemone, a Greek word given to plants which were used to heal the eyes.

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    Herbs were once my passion. For 25 years, I grew every herb that would survive a Maine winter. (And the ones that wouldn't were containerized and wintered indoors). Agrimony is a survivor. An old Italian proverb says, "Vendere il tuo cappotto e comprare agrimony." (Sell your coat and buy agrimony). It was that highly esteemed.

    The herb garden has been repurposed but a few herbs linger on. If anyone is interested, my agrimony will be making seeds this summer which I'm glad to share. Just let me know!
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    Agrimony, isn't that another word for spousal rule or under your thumb for dumb choices? Or a conbination of acrimony and alimony nothing left to lose Janis said about freedom.

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    the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way.

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    Islander, I did the same: grew a lot of different herbs just to see if I could! I sold them at organic grower's meetings, back when I used to make mountains of compost. I gradually whittled the number down to those I used regularly, mostly in cooking. In the meantime, I sure learned a lot about herbs.

    Re agrimony: ' it staunches bleeding and encourages clot formation.' I grew yarrow for this purpose, and I can tell you it is very effective. I often used to cut myself in the kitchen and bleed profusely - maybe I am a little less clumsy these days!
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    I loved the connection with ancient history, from the Victorians to Medieval England and the Italian Renaissance, all the way back to the Arabs, Romans and Greeks. As the garden increased, I divided it into segments: culinary, medicinal, fragrant, "useful" (though of course all herbs are useful) — as in Madder and other dye plants, Horsetail for its potscrubbing silica flower stalk, Teasel for carding wool, Ladies' Bedstraw for stuffing mattresses, Soapwort for laundering silks and other delicates... herb gardening is an ongoing history lesson!
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