In Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, Achilles uses yarrow to treat his wounded comrades. Consequently its genus name is Achilles. Following Achilles’ lead, the early Greeks used yarrow in battle and it has been known through history as the military herb, soldier’s wound wart and the knight’s milfoil. It is also used in Native American, Ayurvedic, and Chinese medical traditions.
The main oils in yarrow make it a fine herb for accelerating healing of cuts and bruises. It is used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and it is especially good for soothing and rejuvenating hair follicles and problem scalps.
Yarrow is a hardy, easy to care for, and versatile perennial herb with fern-like leaves and colorful, flat-topped flower clusters. It is native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in North America and throughout the world. It grows 2 to 4 feet tall and is a durable plant tolerating dry spells and low soil fertility. The plant blooms in mid-summer into the fall.
Yarrow is safe for most adults. It may cause drowsiness and should not be used orally when pregnant.
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