Latin Name: Agrimonia eupatoria
Group: The First Twelve Essences
Emotional Group: Over-sensitive to influences and ideas
The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in body, they hide their cares behind their humour and jesting and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs to excess, to stimulate themselves and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
The lesson of this plant is to enable you to hold your peace in the presence of all the trials and difficulties until no one has the power to cause you irritation. [Bach]
To soothe all those tormented in body or mind and bring them peace. The restless, the worried, the anxious, the tortured. Those who can find no peace of mind, no rest. There is such a vast army of these sufferers who so often hide their torment under smiles and joviality. They are often the cheeriest of people, and frequently humorists. A great number of these seek refuge in alcohol or even drugs as stimulants to help them to keep going. They will do anything rather than depress others with their trials. Even in severe illness they will jest and make light of their trials. They are brave people and Agrimony will help them so much. [Bach]
Agrimony is in the Rest combination.
Agrimony is a perennial found on hedgebanks and roadside verges, in grassland and waste places; it often grows on chalk where the thin soil makes for shorter grass and so less competition. It will not tolerate strongly acid soils or more than slight shade.
It is common throughout the whole of southern England wherever mowing, grazing or spraying has left plants an opportunity to grow. It becomes increasingly scarce going north.
Agrimony, as a remedy state definitely belongs to town: these people are sociable, they seek contact and the stimulus of company. It follows that the plant is one that reaches out to touch you, growing in places where it will find company, on the roadside, the field edge, by the paths and tracks where people pass. Yet Agrimony is strangely solitary in that even when it grows across a field each plant is distinctly separate, in its own space, interspersed with many other grassland flowers. This is not a plant that builds a mass population of its own kind – it does not grow in a group like Impatiens – Agrimony is dotted among the grasses. Because of its isolated habit it is not even listed as a weed of arable land. Its hold among the population of grassland plants is not strong.
Bach described the Agrimony types as tormented, suffering from restlessness in the soul. The virtue that they seek is peace. Looking back to the words of R. L. Stevenson, it seems to be the same peace which he found in solitary walking: the peace that passes all understanding. Bach referred to this peace of the soul on many occasions and regarded peace as the first great quality which ‘the treatment of tomorrow’ will bring to the patient. Quite specifically peace will come from an acceptance and understanding of our individual soul’s purpose within life on earth: it is this which the Agrimony type finds hard to accept. To the Agrimony person realities do not stack up. They see and experience the pain of the world (that is their torment) but they feel themselves inadequate for the task of reconciling that pain with faith in life. Rather than face the problem they turn the matter aside with a play of humour. Or they seek to forget themselves with drink or drugs; there is a desire to escape from life.