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Achillea millefolium

Also known as milfoil, thousand leaf, nosebleed, soldier’s woundwort.

Achillea millefoluim or Yarrow gets its nick name from the tales of it being used by Achilles to slow the bleeding from his solders  wounds after the siege at troy.  Indeed, yarrow has a long history of medicinal uses spanning back to the beginning of recorded time.

It has been found to contain over 120 different compounds 1 for healing, pain, cleansing and much more. In this way it is much more versatile than any man made drug.

Yarrow is a summer flowering perennial that grows up to 2ft tall. It can get bushy with feathery leaves and has long lasting small white or yellow daisy like flowers all bunched up together in flattened heads.



Yarrow has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

Yarrow tea is useful in treating cystitis, digestive stomach cramps, flatulence, gastritis, gallbladder and liver complaints.

It is used to treat achiness and tightness in veins to prevent and reduce varicose veins2.

It has astringent and antibacterial qualities helping the body to naturally fight infection2.

It is used traditionally by herbalists to encourage sweating and reduce fever during illness3. *NOTE* Yarrow will sometimes INCREASE the temperature of a fever. It is an adaptogenic plant, meaning it will do what your body needs to kill the germs attacking you. Do not use yarrow with a fever over 102*F.

Use chewed up leaves, a compress, poultice, in formentations or in ointments to help stop bleeding and heal wounds.

It is a great insect attracting herb bringing in butterflies and other pollinators into a garden. It is used to accelerate compost pile decomposition.

Yarrow likes sunny spots with room to spread. It does not need much water, just well-drained soil. Harvest the flowering leafy stems before the sun is too strong, but after the dew has evaporated for best potency.

Fever Tea

Recipe Type: Herbal Tea
Author: Amanda Klenner-Natural Living Mamma
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Take this herbal tea (tisane) as a classic remedy for colds, flu, and fever to encourage sweating and reduce fever.
  • 1 Part Yarrow
  • 1 Part Ginger
  • 2 Part Peppermint
  • 2 Part Elderflower
  1. Boil water and pour over herbs and let sit covered for AT LEAST 20 minutes and up to 8 hours for full medicinal effect.
  2. Drink 1 cup every 3 hours as needed for fever, no more than 3 cups a day for 5 days.


Caution: Extended use may make skin light sensitive. Use with caution during pregnancy. Use with caution with fevers over 102*F

How do you use Yarrow?

1 Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Stephen Harrod Buhner
2 The Childbearing Year by Susan S. Weed
3 Natural Health by Nerys Purchon

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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10 Responses to Yarrow: An Herbal Primer

  1. Amanda,
    I just discovered your site and have looked over your content. I just have to ask you to join in over the weekly Wednesday link-up. If you would like to or are able to, many would benefit from your site. Love your practical and helpful posts. Thank you.

  2. What a great post, I pinned this to my Wildcrafting and Herbals Pinterest board! I harvested wild yarrow for the first time this summer and happened to cut myself when doing it and used yarrow as “Nature’s Band-aid” and was amazed! I now have a bunch of dried yarrow leaves to use just for that. I also have dried flowers to use for tea. I did a post on “Nature’s Band Aid” too,

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks I will check out your post! I love Yarrow and it grows EVERYWHERE here, which is awesome. It is so easy to wildcraft too!

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  4. I have to be honest Amanda, I have never heard of Yarrow! But I do indeed love using natural remedies so I will keep this fever tea on hand for future use!

    And thank you so much for linking up with Healthy 2day Wednesdays! Hope you have a blessed week and hope you’ll be linking up this week!

  5. Amanda,
    Do you ever put yarrow in oil or make a tincture from it? I do have some fresh blossom but not very many and wanted to know what I could do to extend the life so to speak through the winter. Just picked some more chamomile to dry for something:)

    • Amanda says:

      I do make yarrow infusions (great for any sort of pain and skin problems and is very healing) and I have tinctured it as well. I use the oil more than the tincture. You can also just hang the herbs to dry. Properly dried and stored herbs keep their potency for up to a year.

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