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Yarrow (Achillia millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillia millefolium)

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Botanical name: Achillea millefoilum L.

Other names: common yarrow, gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man's pepper, devil's nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier's woundwort, thousand-leaf, and thousand-seal, boreal yarrow, california yarrow, giant yarrow, coast yarrow, western yarrow, pacific yarrow, bloodwort, carpenter's weed, hierba de las cortaduras, milfoil, plumajillo.

Family: Asteraceae

Parts used: Flowers

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium L.) is a widespread herbaceous plant native to Europe, Asia and North America. Its virtues as a medicinal plant are numerous in folk herbalism and the ethnomedicinal literature.

Yarrow has a long an esteemed history as a medicinal herb both in Europe, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine dating back millennia. It was found along with other medicinal herbs in the grave of a Neanderthal man dating to 60,000 years ago in Iraq making its use one of the earliest recorded.

Yarrow has been used for a wide and varied range of conditions and ailments. Yarrow is a celebration of healing versatility, traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and astringent properties. Whether it's addressing wounds, aiding digestion, or promoting relaxation, Yarrow is your companion in holistic wellness. 

Yarrow was also one of the three main ingredients in 'Gruit Ale'. This beverage was the ale of Europe prior to the predominate use of hops and what we now know as ale.


Exercise caution if sensitive to Asteraceae family. Not to be used internally if in first three months of pregnancy or breastfeeding. Extended use either medicinally or in the diet can cause allergic skin rashes or photosensitivity in some people.

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