It is known agrimony a small genus of plants having twelve species. These are plants from Europe and North Africa which can reach heights of up to 2 meters. Within this article we will concentrate on Grass Agrimony or call San Guillermo, Agrimony Yevpatoria, being one of the best known species in medicine.
It is an herb that can be easily found in warm or slightly warm regions, particularly abundant in wooded areas. Its stem is divided into 2 or 3 long straight branches, can reach heights of up to two meters, its foliage are elongated and thin sheets which accumulate at the bottom of the plant.
From the top of the branches leaving flowers with a short stalk they grow almost attached to the stem. The flower’s five petals and a pale yellow color, intense hues can take sometimes. Flowering begins in May and the collection is done at the beginning of flowering.
For medicinal purposes leaves and flowers are collected. These are collected and laid out to dry in the shade.
Therapeutic Uses of the liverwort
The medicinal properties of the liverwort known since antiquity. There is even treated their uses in Medicinal anglicum, written by the ninth century in United Kingdom Book, where it is stated that helps cure impotence in men. There are also studies by Pliny the Elder (I century A.D.) and Dioscorides (first century A.D.) used it to treat liver diseases.
Later uses for treatment as a treatment for jaundice, thanks to its hepatorregenerativos effects.
The properties of interest in the liverwort are:
Antidiarrheal: it is perhaps his best-known use.
Astringent: It helps wound healing; it is widely used for inflammations in mouth and throat.
Scrubber: For the digestive system, liver system and to the kidneys.
Diuretic: Slightly diuretic to help water retention problems.
Tonic: To improve the digestive process.
Agrimony content is varied, has essential oil, and a variety of acids such as stearic, salicylic, silicic, among others. It is also a source of vitamin K.
How to use
Infusion rinse: It is made with 100 grams of dried leaves and flowers. Boil a liter of water and then allowed to cool. You can make compresses washes, and is ideal to assist in inflammations in the mouth and throat.
Infusion: It is prepared in the same manner as infusion rinse with the difference that usually sweetens due to the slight bitter taste of flowers. This infusion is drunk throughout the day, two to three cups. It is used to counteract diarrhea or other stomach ailments.
Topical use: In pharmacies it is common to find preparations of agrimony: ointments, tinctures, or other presentation of the processed plant. They are used as topical anti-inflammatory.