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Odermennig: effect and application

Odermennig: effect and application

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Odermennig (Agrimonia eupatoria) is an old famous medicinal plant. It bears popular names such as field herb, young lice, five-leaf, five-finger herb, liver burdock, kunigunden herb and imperial tea. This medicinal plant belongs to the rose family and already enjoyed a great reputation in antiquity. Today, Odermennig is still used in naturopathy.

Its appearance and its astrological assignment

Odermennig is devoted to the liver with its yellow flowers, which means that it is a liver medicinal plant. Jupiter rules the liver and connective tissue and so the Odermennig reports to him. Since this medicinal plant belongs to the rose family, it is also subject to Venus. The Velcro fruits, which easily get caught in the clothes or fur of the dogs, are assigned an affinity for the planet Mercury. Like all plants that have Velcro fruits, the Odermennig is also suitable for blood purification.

Healing properties

The Odermennig has an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antispasmodic, slightly stuffing, lowers blood sugar, anti-cancer and blood cleansing.


Odermennig was already very popular in antiquity. Because of its great healing powers, it was even dedicated to the goddess Athena. Odermennig is often used in naturopathy due to its tannins for mild diarrhea and its bitter substances for liver, bile and stomach problems. On the outside, when itching and healing wounds, as well as internally, when there are complaints in the mouth and throat, its tannins come into play.


In the Middle Ages, Odermennig was an herb that was used for almost every little zipper. His name Lebenskraut dates from this period. Today, Odermennig has a place in naturopathy, especially for indigestion. The herb is used individually or in combination with other herbs.

The tannins it contains, which have an astringent effect, are particularly helpful for mild diarrhea. The intestinal mucosa is protected, pathogens can no longer penetrate as well and the intestine calms down. Three cups of tea, spread throughout the day, freshly brewed and drunk in small sips, calm the intestines and have a slightly filling effect. The preparation of the tea is described below.

Loss of appetite, slight digestive problems

Due to its bitter substances, Odermennig is used in naturopathy for anorexia. Slight digestive problems respond equally well to the herb. However, caution is required here. The tannins it contains can irritate the stomach and cause discomfort. Therefore, the application should be short-lived.

Liver bile discomfort

The yellow color of the Odermennig is traditionally attributed to an affinity for the liver and bile. In natural healing practice, this herb is often recommended together with other plants in patients with liver-bile complaints. Odermennig supports the liver in its regeneration. For a liver tea, for example, Odermennig, dandelion, milk thistle, wormwood and Wegwarte are mixed in equal parts and a teaspoon of it is brewed with a quarter liter of boiling water. The tea is ready after about five to seven minutes. Of these, three cups are drunk daily, absolutely unsweetened, ideally over a period of about two to three weeks. Then there must be a break.

The following tea mixture is good for both the liver and the bile: Odermennig herb, calamus root, nettle leaves, marigold flowers and yarrow - mixed in equal parts. This tea should also never be sweetened and drunk a maximum of three times a day in small sips. The preparation corresponds to the tea mixture for the liver.

Mouth - neck - throat

Odermennig is also often used in naturopathy for diseases of the mucous membranes in the mouth, throat and throat. Inflammation of the oral mucosa, aphthae, bleeding gums, hoarseness, sore throat and mouth rot - with all these complaints, gargling and rinsing with Odermennig tea is recommended.

For the skin

The skin benefits from the astringent effect of the Odermennig. Itching is relieved and smaller wounds heal faster. Odermennig can also help with minor burns and abrasions. For this, a tablespoon full of cabbage is scalded with a quarter liter of boiling water and strained after ten minutes. A cotton cloth is soaked with this decoction and then used as a compress or envelope.

For blood purification

Odermennig has blood-purifying healing properties. Since detoxification, deacidification and blood purification play an extremely important role in naturopathy, this plant is not neglected here either. Odermennig is then usually prescribed together with other medicinal plants, such as dandelions, Wegwarte and barberry.

Odermennig - slightly hostile to cancer

Odermmenig is known as a slightly anti-cancer plant - of course not for treatment but for prevention. In naturopathy, for example, tea is recommended to patients whose family has breast or colon cancer. Japanese researchers have found that a substance contained in Odermennig activates the immune system in such a way that the growth of cancer cells may be inhibited.

Hip bath for the abdomen

Odermennig is often used in naturopathy together with other herbs for a hip bath. For example, to treat vaginal discharge. Together with lady's mantle and deadnettle, in equal proportions, a helpful hip bath mixture is created. A decoction of two tablespoons of the mixture, brewed with 500 milliliters of boiling water, with a steeping time of at least ten minutes, is added to the hip bath. The bathing time should not exceed ten to 15 minutes.

Odermennig tea - preparation

For the Odermennig tea, a teaspoon is poured over with a quarter liter of boiling water per cup. The whole thing should then take about five minutes. Since Odermennig is rich in tannins and bitter substances, sugar or honey should not be added. It is best to drink the tea in small sips. This is the best way for the mucous membranes to absorb the active ingredients. People who have a sensitive stomach should be very careful with the use, as the tea, as we mentioned, can cause stomach irritation.

Application in chinese medicine

Odermennig in naturopathy - and especially in Chinese medicine - is considered to be strengthening, harmonizing and delightful stomach qi. The medicinal herb is used in TCM for many gastrointestinal disorders, liver-bile complaints and for strengthening the spleen and pancreas.

As a Bach flower

Odermennig is also known in naturopathy from Bach flower therapy as Agrimony. Agrimony people act differently than they really are. So they are happy on the outside, although they feel completely different on the inside. They are very in need of harmony and usually do not speak about their own worries and problems. You are restless and tense. Agrimony helps those affected to be natural, accept courage and strength.

Other forms of application

Odermennig is used in naturopathy not only as a bath additive, tea or garlic solution, but also in homeopathic form as globules, as a mother tincture or tincture. The treating therapist chooses the respective application form individually to suit the patient.


In summary, Odermennig can be described as follows. The herb thrives on the edges of the path and also cuts a good figure in the garden with its yellow flowers. Odermennig gently cleanses the blood, has a slightly filling effect, has an astringent effect on mucous membranes in the intestine and also in the mouth and throat, relieves the liver and additionally strengthens the connective tissue. He is also said to have a very gentle blood sugar-lowering property. (sw)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch


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