Yarrow is named after Achilles who had used this medicinal herb to stop the bleeding wounds of his soldiers. Used today to treat minor bleeding, inflammation fever and infection. Use this herb topically to ease discomfort of hemorrhoids, stop bleeding, as an anti-inflammatory to ease swelling.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been used as a primary medicinal herb for thousands of years, and was known as Herba militaris in classical times because of its ability to stop bleeding on the battlefield. it has a long history of use in many cultures around the world including those of Scandinavia, Asia and Europe. The mythological history of Yarrow is fascinating; its Latin name comes from Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior, who used Yarrow to heal his soldiers who were wounded in battle.
Growing Yarrow Seeds
- Plant in an area that receives full sun to encourage compact growth and many flowers. In partial sun, yarrow will grow leggy.
- Yarrow performs best in well-drained soil. It thrives in hot, dry conditions.
- Use a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil in your garden to about 12 to 15 inches deep, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
- If you grow yarrow in too-rich soil, the plants may require staking due to overenthusiastic growth. To keep it from growing too tall, choose a site with average to poor soil and supplement it with a bit of compost to give the plants a good start.
- Space the plants 1 to 2 feet apart.
- They are quick to establish and spread, though some species, like Achillea millefolium, are extra-aggressive growers, so be careful when choosing your plants. Most kinds grow to be about 2 to 4 feet tall.
Preserving And Storing Yarrow
There is a lot of yarrow growing here on Oak Hill. Usually I harvest enough to make a big batch of infused oil to use throughout the year. I often double- or even triple-infuse the oil with several herbs, which might include plantain, chickweed, comfrey, and lemon balm. I make the oil into salves or creams, or use it in my homemade soap.
have this trick for finding herbs: when I see something that looks interesting, I rub the leaves in my fingers and sniff it. if it isn’t aromatic and fun, I move on. When I smelled yarrow for the first time, I knew I was onto something. It’s scent is sweet, and potent. Since then I’ve seen a couple different chefs use it, mostly just garnishing dishes with it’s leaves. Click here to get an amazing recipe.
Yarrow Is used to Help Fight The Following Illnesses.
- Gum disease (gingivitis).
- Common cold.
- Hay fever.
- Stomach discomfort.
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