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yarrow, achillea millefolium

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a very common plant that you can spot on the roadsides everywhere. It is also a real powerhouse with a lot of uses, both in terms of medicinal and magical properties as well as edibility. In this plant monograph we are going to put this humble plant into the spotlights.

Medicinal properties of yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is rich in chlorophyll. As a true blood vessel plant, it has an astringent, blood vessel dilating and purifying effect. Cleanses vessels, works against arteriosclerosis, restless legs, varicose veins, swollen feet. It regulates blood pressure and can also be used in case of excessive menstruation. Yarrow is a good heart plant. It also works against intestinal cramps and stomach cramps, is beneficial for the stomach, intestine, liver and spleen. Yarrow has an anti-inflammatory effect, makes getting rid of phlegm so much easier and is a useful helper against fever, cold and flu.

Magical effects of  this plant

Magically, it works well in love magic. Placed underneath your pillow it will induce dreams in which you’ll be able to see who your future lover is. When used in a bridal bouquet or hung above the bed, the love between two people will last at least seven years. It repels negative energy. Carry yarrow for courage and against fear or to attract friends. Used as a tea, it gives psychic strength. Yarrow is a powerful herb in expelling unwanted energies and influences. And if all this isn’t enough, you can even eat it. Read all about it in this monograph.

Botanical description Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Running rhizome which spreads easily. Stem is upright, woody, angular and hairy. Usually flowers with 5 white or pink ray florets along the edge and 2 to 9 cream to yellowish tubular florets in the heart. They grow in dense, screen-shaped corymbs which are 4 to 9 in diameter. The seeds are little greyish achenes. Leaves are alternated, very delicate, bipinnate and about 5 to 15 cm long. Aromatic fragrance.

Interesting facts

Ancient medicinal herb with volatile oils.
According to tradition, Achilles used this plant against injuries, hence the name.
Yarrow used to be used for brewing beer instead of hops.
Yarrow leaves and flowers can be used to dye fabric.

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