Achillea millefoliumAsteracea Yarrow 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.
- 1 Part Yarrow
- 1 Part Ginger
- 2 Part Peppermint
- 2 Part Elderflower
- Boil water and pour over herbs and let sit covered for AT LEAST 20 minutes and up to 8 hours for full medicinal effect.
- 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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