Scientific name: Achillea millefolium
Another flowering plant easily found in the wild while going for a walk, in temperate climates all over the world. Used for a wide range of ailments, this plant could be one of your everyday go-to’s.
- Volatile oil
- Vitamin C, E
CAUTION: avoid during pregnancy, especially during the early stages (however it can be helpful during childbirth). Can also cause an allergic reaction for some.
- Bitters: stimulates liver function, and aids digestion
- Astringent: great for blood clotting & healing wounds
- Amphoteric: regulates menstrual cycles, & relaxes uterine tension/cramps
- Antispasmodic: relieves stomach and menstrual cramps
- The plant is fragile and should only be added to a dish at the end of cooking, the way you would with parsley
- Can be substituted for tarragon
- Great for marinades
- Used fresh, yarrow has a sweeter flavor which can be used in desserts. Cooking brings out the bitter flavors
(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)
- Stomach & menstrual cramps: mix yarrow and ginger as a tea or fresh poultice for external application.
- Sprained ankle: create a fresh poultice with yarrow flowers and elder, and apply directly for 20-30 min or as needed.
Where do you live?
Yarrow is a perennial easily grown just about anywhere, but especially in temperate climates.
Put em in the ground
Feel free to grow this from seed, and it will replant itself over the years. For medicinal purposes, grow the white variety.
- Well drained soil, pH 4-7
- Full sun, hot (can tolerate partial shade, and cold or hot weather)
For medicinal purposes, harvest yarrow when the flowers are in full bloom for best results. Works well for cutting and drying.
Yarrow is pretty hardy and resilient to most plant-hardships.
- Drought-resistant (does not like too much moisture)
- Attracts butterflies