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Common Yarrow
Asteraceae
Achillea millefolium


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Flower Petal # 5
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Asteraceae Family

Achillea Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Gordaldo, Nosebleed plant, Old Man's Pepper, Sanguinary, Milfoil, Soldier's Woundwort, Thousand-leaf, Staunchweed.


Location

This was found on Mount Olympus in Utah.

Physical Description
erect herbaceous perennial plant that produces one to several stems and has a rhizomatous growth form. The leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate, and arranged spirally on the stems. The leaves are cauline and more or less clasping. The inflorescence has 4 to 9 phyllaries and contains ray and disk flowers which are white to pink.




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General Information

Closely related to Chamonmile.

Looks like Water Parsnip, Western Water Hemlock, and Spotted Water Hemlock.
It grows around the grave of Confucius in China.
During the excavation of a 40,000-60,000 year old Neanderthal tomb, pollen from yarrow (among other herbs) was found.

  Neanderthal Herbs - Shanidar Cave, Iraq Neanderthal Herbs - Shanidar Cave, Iraq
Neanderthal Herbs - Shanidar Cave, Iraq
The Shanidar Cave was excavated between 1957-1961 by Ralph Solecki. Many Neanderthal fossils were found. The remains were dated to be around 60-80,000 years old. Which would have been near the end of



Navajo Indians called it "life medicine", and chewed it for toothaches, and poured an tincture into ears for earaches.
Yarrow was one of the herbs put in Saxon amulets. These amulets were for protection from everything from blindness, to barking dogs.

Old folk names: arrowroot, bad man's plaything, carpenter's weed, death flower, devil's nettle, eerie, field hops, gearwe, hundred leaved grass, knight's milefoil, knyghten, milefolium, milfoil, millefoil, noble yarrow, nosebleed, old man's mustard, old man's pepper, sanguinary, seven year's love, snake's grass, soldier, soldier's woundwort, stanch weed, thousand seal, woundwort, yarroway, yerw.
known as herbal militaris, for its use in staunching the flow of blood from wounds.

The herb is purported to be a diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. It contains isovaleric acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, and coumarins. used topically for wounds.
Yarrow has also been used as a food, and was very popular as a vegetable in the 17th century. The younger leaves are said to be a pleasant leaf vegetable when cooked as spinach, or in a soup. Yarrow is sweet with a slight bitter taste.
The greek latin name comes from the mythical greek character, Achilles. He was said to be dipped in a soup of Yarrow when he as just an infant. His mother forgot to submerge his feet, making them his weak spot, or achilles heel. He brought the herb with him to battle to dress the wounds of his injured soldiers. Achilles died when a spear struck him in the heel.
Infusions of Yarrow, taken either internally or externally, are said to speed recovery from severe bruising. The most medicinally active part of the plant are the flowering tops.
They also have a mild stimulant effect, and have been used as a snuff. Today, yarrow is valued mainly for its action in colds and influenza, and also for its effect on the circulatory, digestive, excretory, and urinary systems.
The flowers, rich in chemicals are converted by steam into anti-allergenic compounds. The flowers are used for various allergic mucus problems, including hay fever. Harvest during summer and autumn. Drink the infused flower for upper respiratory phlegm or use externally as a wash for eczema. Inhale for hay fever and mild asthma, use fresh in boiling water.
The salicylic acid derivatives are a component of aspirin, which may account for its use in treating fevers and reducing pain. Yarrow tea is also said to be able to clear up a cold within 24 hours.
Swedish scientists have found that yarrow extract repells mosquitoes.

Yarrow intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it, and helps eliminate toxins from the body. It is reported to be associated with the treatment of the following ailments:
Amenorrhea, anti-inflammatory, bowels, bleeding, blood clots, blood pressure (lowers), blood purifier, blood vessels (tones), Catarrh (acute, repertory), colds, chicken pox, circulation, contraceptive (unproven), cystitis, diabetes treatment, digestion (stimulates), dyspepsia, eczema, fevers, flu's, gastritis, glandular system, gum ailments, Heartbeat (slow), influenza, insect repellant, internal bleeding, liver (stimulates and regulates), lungs (hemorrhage), measles, menses (suppressed), menorrhagia, menstruation (regulates, relieves pain), nipples (soreness), nosebleeds, piles (bleeding), smallpox, stomach sickness, toothache, thrombosis, ulcers, urinary antiseptic, Uterus (tighten and contract), varicose veins, vision.
In one study aqueous extracts of yarrow impaired the sperm production of laboratory rats.
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VIDEO: www.learningherbs.com The yarrow herb, achillea millefolium, is one of the herbs for fever. Yarrow can be used as a fever remedy. For more yarrow information and yarrow uses and how to make yarrow tincture, watch this video.



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