Agrimonia spp.

Garclave (Norse), Church Steeples, Stickwort, Xian he cao (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Native to

Northern Hemisphere

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used & Harvest Time

  • Leaves in Spring prior to flowering

  • Flowers in Early Summer

  • Burs in Late Summer

Medicinal Actions

Note: When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.

  • Alterative: Potentially aids in the alteration of the course of an illness

  • Analgesic: Pain reliever

  • Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antidiarrheal: Relieves diarrhea

  • Antipyretic: Reduces fever

  • Antispasmodic: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and siezures (Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor).

  • Aromatic: Potent and often sweet smelling herb aiming to stimulate hunger, digestion, and relaxation

  • Astringent: Causes skin and organ cells to contract

  • Bitter: Stimulates digestive juices and hunger

  • Carminative: Relieves... gas... Farts, specifically. 

  • Cholagogue: Increases the flow of bile

  • Digestive Stimulant: Pretty much what it says. Stimulates digestion

  • Diaphoretic: Makes you sweat

  • Diuretic: Makes you pee

  • Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of the gunk in your respritory system, typically used to treat coughs

  • Hemostatic: Stops bleeding, typically used in surgeries to keep excessive bleeding at bay

  • Hepatic: Interacts with the liver

  • Liver Tonic: Supports liver function and tissue health

  • Mucostatic: Stops the secretion of the gunk in your respritory system

  • Refrigerant: Cools you down

  • Tonic: Gives a general feeling of wellness and vigor

  • Vulnerary: Helps to heal wounds

Divinities & Mythos

  • St. Hildegard Von Bingen (Benedictine Catholic)

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet: Jupiter

  • Element: Water, Air

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Chakra: Solar Plexus


This plant is generally considered safe. There are reports of potential interactions with other drugs so this aspect makes it extra important to talk to your doctor.

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Agrimony in Action 

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of agrimony.

Magical Properties

  • Aids Understanding

  • Banish Negativity

  • Clarity

  • Clear Path

  • Knowledge

  • Lust

  • Overcome Fear or Blockages

  • Protection

  • Sleep

  • Treats the feeling of Mindlessness

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any regular supplements, herbal teas, infusions, dedoctions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantagous. Too much of a good thing, eh?