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Yarrow

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Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Compositae
Milfoil, soldier's woundwort, carpenter's weed, nosebleed, devil's nettle 


             Yarrow has been highly valued for its medicinal properties since the earliest times, and pollen from the plant has been found in burial sites from the Neanderthal era. The ancient Chinese threw yarrow stalks when consulting the celebrated book of divination, the 1 Ching, also known as the Yarrose Stalk Oracle. The Greeks, too, employed yarrow medicinally during the Trojan wars. According to some authorities the herb was named Achillea, after the Greek hero Achilles who used it to staunch the wounds of his men on the battlefield Others maintain the herb's healing properties were discovered by a herbalist named Achilles. The specific name millefolium, like the country name milfoil, refers to the many leaf segments, while the common name is thought to be a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon gearr}e and the Dutch yene.
             The English country names, soldier's woundwort and carpenter's weed, are testimony to yarrow's great reputation as a wound healer. The astringency of the bruised leaves is helpful for stemming the flow of blood and the herb was still being used to treat soldiers' wounds during the American Civil War. The country name, nosebleed, is another indication of its usefulness for bleeding: the fresh leaves were simply pushed into the nostrils. Yarrow's healing properties were highly esteemed by several Native American Indian tribes, including the Blackfoot, who applied the herb to cuts, wounds, and bruises. They also considered the herb a spiritual aid and drank yarrow tea for a wide range of ailments from internal bleeding to fevers and sickness. Yarrow was also well known to the Shakers who employed it as a digestive and general tonic. In Native American and European folk medicine, yarrow has been employed to reduce swellings and to ease rheumatic joints, and modern research has confirmed that the herb possesses an anti- inflammatory action. Yarrow also promotes sweating and hot yarrow tea is a traditional home remedy of long standing for severe colds. Today, herbalists still consider yarrow one of the principal herbal remedies for fever, feverish colds and 'flu, often in combination with elderflower and peppermint.
              As a cosmetic, yarrow makes an effective skin cleanser and toner on account of its astringency. Yarrow tea, made with the flowering stems, is said to be particularly beneficial for greasy skin.
             HABITAT Native to Europe and naturalized in North America and temperate zones. Common in pastures, on embankments, roadsides and waste ground.
             DESCRIPTION Perennial with an erect, rough, angular stem to 90em(3ft) with attractive, feathery foliage. The very finely cut leaves clasp the stem towards the top, while the lower leaves are stalked. Both leaves and stem are covered in fine white hairs. Throughout the summer numerous, small daisy-like flowers bloom in flat-topped clusters. They are usually white in colour but may be tinged with pink.


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