Yarrow is a wild flower in the Robinwood meadow. Wild, and so very stubborn. Every tiny little piece of root has life enough to sprout and survive, so word of advice; don’t bother trying to till it up, make peace with its presence in the patches it desires. You won’t win the battle with Achillia Millefolium, because it’s quite the warrior, as it’s Latin name suggests. With it’s feathery leaves, and pungent inflorescence, Yarrow is a natural attractor of beneficial insects in the garden, and protects neighbouring plants by confusing and repelling harmful pests and diseases with its strong anti-microbial scent. So take it on as your ally, not your enemy, and all will be well not only in the garden, but your own well being too.
Medicinally, yarrow has many uses. It is an astringent herb, and it is well known to stop bleeding. It can either be applied externally as a poultice or in a salve, or taken internally for varicose veins, elevated diastolic blood pressure, or heavy menstruation or bleeding associated with childbirth, or female reproductive disorders. A sitz bath with yarrow is a wonderful choice when dealing with gynocoligical issues, or hemorrhoids or other pelvic vascular disorders. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, which makes it a great choice to add to a tea to drink when you are sick with a cold or flu. It helps break a sweat too, so in the cases of fever, it is perhaps the best herb for the job.
- Peripheral vasodilator
- Bitter tonic