Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 2. THE HERBS

YARROW

ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM

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Yarrow is one of the most fascinating herbs you’ll find. Said to be a cure-all, it’s been widely used around the world for centuries in a variety of modalities and cultures. It’s best known for its dual nature. For example, it both triggers bleeding and stops bleeding. It makes sense because yarrow, like spearmint, is known to be “amphoteric,” meaning that it moves to the location in or on your body where it’s needed. At the same time, it’s stimulating and calming depending on the patient’s needs. Even more fascinating, it works almost immediately particularly when reducing swelling or stopping bleeding, and takes down high fevers in record time (that’s because it’s also diaphoretic and triggers sweating!).

Did You Know?

Yarrow is named after Achilles, the Greek Trojan War leader, who used it during battle. He bound his warriors’ feet in the herb to stop bleeding and heal their wounds more quickly.

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Herbal Power

MEDICINAL: Heals bruises, wounds, and sprains; reduces inflammation; slows and stops bleeding; regulates menstrual cycles, triggers late periods, eases cramps and other PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms; reduces fever; lessens bloating, gas, stomach cramps, and related GI issues; triggers hunger and appetite; supports liver functions.

COSMETIC: n/a

Application Methods

•Apply as a salve or poultice

•Drink as a tea

•Use as an oil or tincture

Precautions

Yarrow is considered safe and nontoxic, however, because of its effects on bleeding, cramping, and uterine muscles, pregnant women should avoid using it.

Other names

Bloodwort

Carpenter’s Weed

Devil’s Nettle

Erba Da Falegname

Gandana

Schafgarbe

Milefolio

Staunchweed

Wound Wort

Locating & Growing

This is one-stop seeding. Plant yarrow in your garden once; it will grow easily, thrive in moist soil and full sunlight, and best of all, will self-sow. Like its effects in your body, yarrow is highly adaptable to nearly any growing conditions.