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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Learn An Herb: Yarrow

I started my learn-an-herb series in the summer of 2010, as a way for me to learn more of the uses for the herbs I found in my garden and my neighborhood. I haven't done an learn-an-herb post since last summer, so I think I am long overdue!
Today's herb is Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Yarrow has beautiful flowers and feathery leaves. It is cold hardy, low-maintence, perennial, and blooms for long periods of time. It spreads via root growth as well as re-seeding, so it has been occasionally known to take over large areas and become somewhat invasive. Despite this, yarrow is a plant native to Portland, and we have some planted in our garden.
All of the above ground parts (leaves, flowers and stem) are used for medicinal purposes. Harvetsing should be done while the flowers are in bloom. Yarrow is most famous for its ability to help stop bleeding. It has blood-clotting as well as anti-microbial properties and can be applied directly to a cut or burn, or used in a salve.
When taken internally, as a tea, it has been known to help with colds and fevers, urinary tract infections, digestion, hypertension, and as a liver tonic. It can also be added to a bath to help with hemorrhoids (I am totally going to try this!).
I added some to this year's salve oil. Have you ever used yarrow medicinally?

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  1. Oh I've missed the learn an herb series and after your last garden post, I was wondering about yarrow! It grows well here so I think I"ll plant some soon and add it to our salve. Going to add chamomile for tea making too.

  2. Today, while visiting one of our local farm markets, I spotted yarrow in one of their little garden patches and asked the gardener about the uses of the herb. She was convinced that it's 'just' a plant that isn't supposed to be digested. I told her I've heard otherwise. :)
    Thanks for the info - I'm always up for exploring new hearbs and their uses!