Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Organic &/or Wildcrafted

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Organic &/or WildcraftedYarrow (Achillea millefolium), Organic &/or Wildcrafted

Achillea millefolium, known commonly as yarrow (pron.: /ˈjr/) or common yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America.  In New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo (Spanish for 'little feather') from its leaf shape and texture. In antiquity, yarrow was known as herbal militaris, for its use in staunching the flow of blood from wounds.  Other common names for this species include gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man's pepper, devil's nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf, and thousand-seal.

The herb is purported to be a diaphoretic, astringenttonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. It contains isovaleric acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, and coumarins. The plant also has a long history as a powerful 'healing herb' used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from mythical Greek character, Achilles, who reportedly carried it with his army to treat battle wounds. This medicinal action is also reflected in some of the common names mentioned below, such as staunchweed and soldier's woundwort.

The leaves encourage clotting, so it can be used fresh for nosebleeds.  The aerial parts of the plant are used for phlegm conditions, as a bitter digestive tonic to encourage bile flow, and as a diuretic. The aerial parts act as a tonic for the blood, stimulate the circulation, and can be used for high blood pressure; it is also useful in menstrual disorders, and as an effective sweating remedy to bring down fevers.

Yarrow intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it.  It is reported to be associated with the treatment of the following ailments:  Pain, antiphlogistic, bleeding, gastrointestinal disorders, choleretic inflammation, emmenagogue, stomachache.  It also helps with hair loss.  The salicylic acid derivatives are similar to aspirin, which may account for its use in treating fevers and reducing pain.

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