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yarrow, achillea millefolium

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a common plant that you can see everywhere on the roadsides in the Netherlands. It is a real powerhouse with an awful lot of applications, both in terms of medicinal and magical properties, as well as edibility.

Medicinal properties of yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is rich in chlorophyll. As a true blood vessel plant, it has a blood staunching, blood vessel dilating and blood purifying effect. In addition, it cleans the blood vessels and helps against arteriosclerosis, restless legs, varicose veins, swollen feet. It regulates blood pressure and excessive menstruation.
Yarrow is a good heart plant. This plant also works against intestinal and stomach cramps and is beneficial for stomach, intestines, liver and spleen. That is not all. Yarrow has an anti-inflammatory effect, makes getting rid of mucus so much easier and helps with fever, cold and flu.

Magical effects of  this plant

Magically, this plant works well in love magic. Placed underneath your pillow, it will induce dreams in which you will be able to see who your future lover is. Yarrow has several ways of ensuring that the love between two people will last. It repels negative energy.
Carry yarrow with you for courage and against fear or to attract friends. Used as a tea, it grants psychic power. Yarrow is a powerful herb in expelling unwanted energies and influences. And you can even eat it!

Botanical description Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Yarrow grows on a running rhizome that spreads easily. The stem is upright, woody, angular and hairy.
The flowers usually exist of five white or pink ray florets along the edge and two to nine creme to yellowish tube florets in the centre. They grow in dense, corymbose inflorescences that are 4 to 9 cm in size.
Yarrow seeds consist of little grey achenes. Its leaves are delicate, bipinnate and about 5 to 15 cm long. Yarrow has an aromatic scent.

Interesting facts

Yarrow is an ancient medicinal herb containing volatile oils.
According to tradition, Achilles used this plant against injuries, hence the Latin name.
In the past, yarrow was sometimes used instead of hops when brewing beer.
You can dye fabrics with yarrow leaves and flowers.

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