Yarrow is one of the world oldest medicinal plant. This wonderful herb has been used for just about everything by our ancient ancestors. It is associated with Venus and the Latin name, millefolium is associated with Achilles, and means flower of a thousand leaves.
Other names for Yarrow include; Milfoil, Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Thousand Weed, Nose Bleed, Carpenter’s Weed, and Staunchweed.
Yarrow is used for many things and has many properties.
The leaves have been used to promote blood clotting in open wounds. A tea from the flowers can be used to treat a varieties of ailments such as, common cold, flu, headaches, diarrhea, stomach ulcers and menstrual cramps in women.
The Cherrokee people used yarrow treat and aid digestion along with a variety of other conditions generally by swelling, often combined with echinacea, elder flower, ginger, and peppermint.
Yarrow is a go-to herb for children. It is helpful in relieving discomfort from fevers, shortening the duration of cold and flu, helping improve relaxation during illness, and relieving cramps associated with hormones or illness. Applied topically, it is helpful with skin itching, rash or other issues.
This list really could go on, but i know you are wondering, where are the magical properties. Well, Yarrow has always had strong ties to the divinatory arts and is associated with the element water. Many consider it a lucky herb, others would rub their eyelids with the leaves to activate their second sight. It is a plant of love and protection. It is known to dispel fear and instill courage. It has also been used in exorcisms because of its power in banishing negative energies.
Yarrow is a powerful herb and as you can see the list could go on. Yarrow can be found in open fields, along road ways, and is common in areas with disturbed soil. It comes in an varity of reds, yellows and oranges. Mother nature realizes the benefits of this amazing plant and so she has spread it far and wide for just about everyone.