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EPISODE # 14 – WHO IS SHE? MEET THE HERB – Agrimony: for liver health, gut dysbiosis, and jaw tension

  • Published on: 03 May, 2020
  • Last update: 04 May, 2020

THIS WEEK ON WHAT’S THE JUICE PODCAST

You guys — I can’t believe it’s taken a whole THIRTEEN episodes of What’s The Juice for me to fully geek out about one thing I love most in life: HERBS. 

Episode #14 of What’s The Juice is the first installment of an ongoing series I’m calling “WHO IS *SHE?*” 

Why? 

Because plants 100% have personalities, and once you’re familiar with them, you’ll start recognizing how their characteristics align with people you know! 

Each of these episodes will give you the juice on a specific herb so you can understand:

  • How the heck an herb got its name
  • The unique characteristics of specific herbs
  • The flavor profiles of different herbs
  • How an herb affects the body, its affinity, and what it acts on

The most exciting part of having this foundational knowledge is that you’ll be able to identify which herbs may be best suited to your body, and maybe even become an herb match-maker for other people in your life! When it comes to herbal remedies, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for someone else. We are ALL different so there’s a never-ending treasure trove of new things to learn about herbs and how to use them!

MEET AGRIMONY

Oh, hey — It me, Agrimony. I align with this herb SO MUCH so it was an obvious choice for this episode. 

But before I get into the juiciness of this herb, I have to give a major shout out to my incredible teachers, Claudia Keel and Matthew Wood. I highly recommend clicking on their links in the show notes so you can learn more about them and why they’re so awesome! Seriously — Do it.

Okay, so here are some fast facts about agrimony…

Agrimony’s general profile:

  • It’s a part of the rose family
  • It’s a liver support herb (In fact, its common name is ‘liverwort’. Cute, right?)
  • It’s an astringent, so it’s cooling and drying
  • Its flavor is bitter, pungent, with a mild sweet and sour

Other traditional uses of agrimony in Cherokee, Greek, Chinese, and Ayurvedic medicine:

  • Building up the blood
  • Treating snake bites and other poisonings
  • Treating jaundice
  • Treating gout
  • Preventing/treating parasites
  • Emotional and physical balancing
  • Clearing toxins from the gut and waste from the body

Swipe right on agrimony for anyone experiencing:

  • Chronic tension or pain (Particularly tension in the kidneys or shoulders and up… i.e. a clenched jaw. Major flashback to our last episode with Dr. Dani. The frequency that the jaw is coming up now is starting to freak. me. out. Okay, universe — I hear you.)
  • Sleeplessness or restlessness
  • Buried emotional pain
  • Weak mucous membranes i.e. leaky gut
  • Excessive internal bleeding or wounds
  • Liver stagnation or dampness in the liver

Think you and agrimony might hit it off?

If reading that list reminded you of yourself or someone you know, try creating a tincture of agrimony to see if you vibe! I recommend mixing her with a glycerin base… alcohol will probably be too drying. 

Before you get too amped and over-do it, remember this: Ya girl Agrimony is STRONG so introduce yourself slowly. At the beginning of this episode, I tried a few drops of my tincture and mid-way through recording I was already burping from my liver stagnation releasing!

Here’s some of the best ways to use agrimony:
(Seriously, tho — just a few drops to start!)

  • Add it to warm water
  • Put it directly on your tongue
  • Mix it with plantain leaf or marshmallow tea for dry people or just before the menstrual cycle.
  • Mix it with moistening adaptogenic herbs like American ginseng for someone older or eleuthero root for a male with low yang energy
  • Combine it with burdock root for liver and lymph support

I know this may seem like a lot of info upfront, but we get WAY juicier in the pod. If you want to find out if agrimony is your herbal match, hear about agrimony’s use in witchcraft, and learn some sure-fire signs you need liver support, you’ll def want to tune in. 

As always, thanks for listening and staying juicy. We’re all just out here tryin’ to spread the herb love and that makes so damn happy!

XOXO,

Olivia

LINKS:

Claudia Keel’s Website: http://www.earthflower.org/

Matthew Wood’s Website: https://www.matthewwoodherbs.com/Mattwood.html

About Dr. Scudder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Milton_Scudder

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