Yarrow Achillea millefolium

  • By Andrée Beauchamp
  • 15 Jul, 2017

Lady Yarrow Thousand petaled flower

Lady Yarrow herbal benefits blood pressure and menstral cycles
Lady Yarrow is a valuable medicinal plant to grow in your native gardens.  Yarrow has moved around in my garden, at her own pace and where she feels she can sprawl a little more over the years.  She likes dry chalky soil and heat generally and is found in the meadows and rocky hillsides of our Canadian shield.  I notice the yarrow is doing rather well this year despite all the rain.

Her new growth in the late Spring fans out like a squirrel's tail, and later the sturdy stalks rise up to give bloom to the thousand petaled flower which last quite along time in the summer. Yellow and pink versions of yarrow are more decorative-however the white yarrow is the most medicinal of the three.

Yarrow has been found, along with Chamomile, in ancient burial sites of the great Persian sages dating back to 270 AD.  In China, sturdy yarrow stalks were used as divining sticks. The name Yarrow Achillea, is named after the great Roman General Achilles, who discovered that yarrow stopped the bleeding of his soldiers wounds while at war. Chewed upon and stuffed into a fresh wound of some depth, yarrow will staunch the bleeding quickly. Yarrow was of great service to the carpenter or woodsman of old, and a sprig of yarrow placed in their tool box was a talisman for protection and for keeping out of harm's way.  Yarrow is considered a plant ruled by Venus and for that reason myths also said, when we place yarrow at our doorstep or under our bed, love doth come.

Medicinally, Yarrow has a complex and diverse array of more than 40 chemical constituents that make it a rather fragrant and versatile plant. Yarrow works particularly well for young women who struggle with irregular menstrual cycles or for people who experience nosebleeds. Yarrow can drop the temperature of a spiked fever if taken in due time, may end a pregnancy, and will address a urinary tract infection readily. Yarrow is also considered a gentle long term remedy for the liver. One does not use yarrow as a dried herb so much as in a tincture. As a dried herb yarrow is bitter and g suitable combined with other herbs, as is here with Michael Tierra's blend for flue, with yarrow leaves and flowers, echinacea root & elder flower.  A Yarrow tincture combined with water and oil works well to deter mosquitoes.

Susun Weed simplifies and specifies the use of  Yarrow as a blood mover internally and stops blood externally. Yarrow works particularly well for people with varicose veins and circulation concerns. Do note: Yarrow does reduce blood pressure.

Harvest the yarrow stalk and blooms after they have just opened  to dry or to make as a tincture, or as a delicious vinegar. Yarrow used as a simple, is a highly effective remedy when the situation calls for it. OM
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