A is for Agrimony
In that obscure top shelf of many an herb shop lies a jar of agrimony. This little jewel of both Western herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine contains a wonder of uses, magickal, and medicinal. In legend and lore, it banishes goblins and other evils, and in the body it is thought to relax shoulders and defensive postures. Could these be related? As the body perceives that the environment is safer, perhaps the shoulders drop and the muscles relax.
To rid the home and property of goblins: hang small bags of agrimony in dark spaces that goblins like to hide in, like closets and seldom used cupboards. Use a bag with a thin fabric so the agrimony energies can seep out easily over time. Give the bag a little squeeze for an extra burst of agrimony energies whenever going into the space where it hangs. This irritates the goblins and they leave for a home where no one has figured this out!
In both East and West it is thought to effect the liver and digestion, among other things. These effects on the digestive system have lead to its use in fighting diarrhea, mild food poisoning, and more. For many this can be a pleasant addition to a tasty herbal tea, but those with diabetes may need to watch their sugars more carefully than normal if choosing to try this herb out. Be sure to check on line for warnings and drug interactions or any other new information about this herb, or make an appointment to see an great herbalist.
-Liz Johnson, Store Owner