Herbal first aid: yarrow

Now is good time to be harvesting one of my favourites, Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow. A herb that anyone accident prone will be drawn to, yarrow is what we call a wound herb. It takes its name from the Greek hero Achilles who, legend has it, would carry bunches of yarrow to treat fellow soldiers on the battle field. It acts as a hemostatic agent and therefore helps to staunch blood flow. I’ve never had a nosebleed but when I do I plan to shove a sprig up my nose. A tea made from the plant has anti-inflammatory properties and will help to reduce swelling. So, rather good that it has a tendency to plant itself in grassy areas making it on hand for those unintentional tumble and falls.

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