Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a very versatile and intriguing herb. It's scientific name stems from the Greek warrior Achilles. Due to it's ability to heal open wounds it was used on battlefields in ancient times. It is even said that Achilles covered himself in a tincture of Yarrow leaves to be invincible to arrows during battle.
Yarrow also has many other names including: carpenter's weed, bloodwort, knight's milfoil, old man's pepper, staunchgrass, nosebleed and others.
This plant is mostly used today to treat female hormonal imbalances, the common cold, Fevers, Loss of Appetite, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, and also Mastitis. It is native to the Northern Hemisphere and thrives in hot, dry climates. As a matter of fact, it can't survive in saturated soil, making our very own Christmas Valley a fantastic climate for this plant to thrive.
I call this a miracle herb because every bit of it stem to stern can be used in a medicinal way. You can pulverize it and make a poultice to heal swelling and bruising, and even open wounds; You can boil it and make a tincture, you can drink it as a tea for anxiety or to heal ulcers, or chew fresh leaves for toothaches. This wonderful herb is so versatile we make sure to keep a gallon of dried Yarrow on hand at all times.
This amazing herb has been shown to help
- Common Cold
- Hay Fever
- Loss of appetite
- GI Discomfort
- Blood Pressure Regulation