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Herbs And Herbalism - Yarrow

Wound wort/Weed/Carpenter's Milfoil 

This plant has been linked with wound healing and blood-flow control since ancient times, thus the general name; Achilles, for example, is said to have healed his soldiers using its leaves. 

A. millefolium has a long history of medicinal usage. 

Description - Aromatic perennial stoloniferous plant with an upright wrinkled stem 8-60 cm high, white or pinkish blooms from early summer to fall, and somewhat hairy bipinnate leaves 2-10 cm long, split into fine leaflets. 

Widely distributed in temperate zones; native to Europe; grows on all but the poorest soils. 

  • Cultivation Increase the number of plants by dividing them in the spring or fall. 
  • In a sunny location, it will grow in any soil. 

Constituents Azulene-containing volatile oil, as well as achilleine, a glycoalkaloid. makes use of (dried aerial parts, including flowers) Diaphoretic, antipyretic, hypotensive, diuretic, and antiseptic for the urinary tract. 

  • For colds and influenza, combine with Elderflowers and Peppermint. 
  • Hypertension, coronary thrombosis, dysentery, and diarrhoea are all treated with this drug. 
  • Toothache is relieved by chewing on a fresh leaf. 
  • Menstrual periods are regulated. 
  • Gastric secretion is stimulated. 
  • Salads with fresh herbs. 
  • In brewing, it may be used instead of hops. 
  • For oily skin, use a cosmetic cleanser. 
  • Snuff is a tobacco-free alternative. 
  • The 'I Ching' is remembered. 

Contra-indications Headaches and vertigo are common side effects of high dosages.

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