The entire plant is very aromatic and has soft hairs growing on it in the spring. Because of its sweet aroma, many people have appreciated using it in drinks.
Agrimony, also known as cocklebur and liverwort, was well known to the ancient Greeks. In fact, the herb gets its genus name from the Greek word agremone, which refers to plants used to address cataracts of the eye. Its species name is in honor of Mithradates Eupator, King of Pontus, who developed a “universal antidote” to protect himself from all poisons.
Agrimony contains several active compounds, including ellagitannins, flavonoids, phytosterols, and polysaccharides. Due to its bitter and astringent qualities, the herb is usually prepared as a tea or applied topically to counter acne, rashes, and other skin conditions.