Achillea millefolium or common yarrow is a flowering plant known for its medicinal properties. Growing yarrow is pretty easy and apart from bearing beautiful flowers, the plant also improves the health of other plants growing near it.
Yarrow Plant – Achilles Heal
An erect, perennial herb, the yarrow plant is famous for its ability to stop bleeding and heal wounds and is often referred to as knight’s milfoil or thousand leaves because of its feathery foliage. These plants can grow up to 3 feet in height and are known for their fragrant flower clusters that come in a variety of shades, most commonly white or yellow. They generally grow around 3400 meters above sea level and are hardy draught resistant plants. The yarrow plant does not require a lot of care to grow. However it grows best in dry well-drained soil and full sun. Over watering will make it stoopy, eventually killing the roots, so make sure you are careful. Stake the young plants to prevent the stems from flopping over during high winds or storms. Yarrow is a beautiful border plant and especially popular for rock gardens, butterfly farms and even roadside plantations. Also, yarrow is a great medicinal herb and will benefit other plants near it by enhancing their essential oils thus preventing pest infection and also increases the fertility of the soil.
Yarrow Flower – Pretty Colors
Used for centuries by native North Americans and Europeans, the yarrow flower is a cluster of flattened aromatic flowers, often used for its herb-like properties. The flowers are a mix of white, pink, purple or lavender and yellow and grow in small clusters. But apart from just being pretty to look at, the flowers are an essential ingredient for lots of herbal remedies and used heavily in alchemy, especially in the past when yarrow flowers were strewn on doorsteps to protect against evil. The yarrow flower is also used to fight skin problems, heal infections, stop nosebleeds and control hemorrhaging. It is also used to purify toxins from the body, increase appetite and when drunk as a tea it helps digestion, relieve stress and headaches, etc. The flowers bloom during June till September and make great companions to other flowering plants like coneflowers, black-eyed susans, veronicas and salvias. Cut the flowers before the pollen starts ripening and use them for decoration.
Yarrow Herb – Medicinal Properties
Known for its disinfectant properties, the yarrow herb helps to treat a lot of infections and wounds, stop bleeding and clean the area off fungal or bacterial activity. The herb has been used extensively in alternate medicine for centuries. It is an excellent tonic for digestion and clears bile, gets rid of ulcers too. You can use the herb to cure cold, fevers, reduce menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding, because of its antispasmodic ability. It is also rich in salicylic acid and this helps to solve many gynecological conditions. Yarrow oil is also used frequently by herbalogists to treat a lot of conditions and many of them related to excessive or infrequent menstruation, inflammation, excessive hemorrhaging and stomach problems. The oil is also used as a part of hair shampoos and vitalizes the roots. However, please consult your herbalogist before taking any dosage of the herb, especially avoiding its use during pregnancy.