Yarrow – Achillea millefolium – Venus
- Feathery, alternate basal leaves 2-5 inches (large in wet years and small in dry)
- flat umbel, snow-white flowers
- aromatic (pine and chamomiles)
Habitat/ToGrow: Native to whole Northern Hemisphere
- loves full sun, partial shade is okay. Poor soil with no fertilizer – handles drought really well. cut flower stalks all the way to the ground after flower harvesting to encouraging further bloom. spreads by runners.
- dries 3-5 days, keep whole flower clusters
Energetics: cool; dry – yin – water
Actions: diaphoretic, hypotensive astringent, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, antimicrobial, bitter, hepatic, analgesic, vasodilator, tonic
Constituents: .3-1.4% volatile oil (a-B-pinene, borneol, bornyl acetate, camphor, a-caryophyllene, 1,8 cineole); sesquiterpene lactones (achillicin, achillin, achilin, folin, millifin, millifolide); 3-4% tannins; flavonoids/apigenin, luteolin, isorhamnetin, rutin); alkaloids (betonicine, stachydrine, achiceine, moschatine, trigonelline, bothers); phenolic acids (caffeic, salicylic); coumarins
Medicinal Uses: Flowering herbs
- Eclectic tongue: Red and uncoated
- Eclectic pulse: rapid
- Eclectic face: flushed
- topical: bleeding wounds
- topical: deep and cutting wounds
- topical: injuries from falls
- essential hypertension (esp with high diastolic reading)
- thoracic pains
- topical: hemorrhoids
- varicose veins
- passive hemmorhage
- appetite loss
- indigestion IBS
- ulcerlative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- bleeding anywhere in alimentary canal
- atonic amenorrhea
- menorrhagia/uterine atony/spasm
- prolapsed uterus
- vesical/urethral irritation
- uterine retention
- urinary spasms
- (sitz bath): perineal tears
- viral infection (cold/flu)
- malaise (esp. influenza)
- acute fever
- aids with long, congested flow and abnormal flow
- good with mugwort and sage for women’s issues
- cramp tea: yarrow, mint, elderflowers
- tea for hormone withdrawal hygeia pg. 39
- allergies (catarrh)
- promotes tissue repair
- compress: migraines
- compress: blood busters
- steam: asthma, hayfever
- steam: acne/blemished
- mouthwash: inflamed gums
- Yarrow the Panacea – for Annmarie Skincare
- edible young leaves
- Essential oil drops for soda
- making liquor and beer
- sleep with yarrow underneath a pill, will give dreams of true love/future husband
- tickles lovers nostrils and bleeding and faithful
- named for Achilles, whose mother bathed him in the river styx, where yarrow was floating.
- 7 years happiness for couples at a wedding
- once thrown at I Ching for guidance and wisdom
- Druids used it to tell the weather
- Used to flavor tobacco
- yellow/green dye flowers
- EO in cosmetics and anti-inflammatory
- holding yarrow over the eyes increases clairvoyance
- hair rinse
Flower essence: invulnerability
- protects against negative outside influence and psychic shielding
- clarifies boundaries between people – for those that easily absorbs negative influence
- protects energies from “bleeding” into environment.
- Solidifying self and follow chosen path
- dried powder for open wounds
- cool tea for itchiness
- subcutaneous blood clots in ears/skin internal tincture
- worms and useful for inflammation of the colon and the stomach
- ¼ tsp tincture/30lbs dog 2-3x/day 1/8 tsp cats 2xdaily
- use long term in moderation
Yarrow is one of my very best friends! I grow this guy in my backyard and he gives me strength everyday to keep moving forward.
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