Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium
- English: Common Yarrow
- Herbe De Millefeuille, Hezarbarg, Jungfraukraut, Katzenkraut, Knight’s Milfoil, Mil De Tama, Mil En Rama, Mil Fl Ores, Mil Hojas, Milefolio, Milfoil, Millefolium, Milenrama, Nosebleed, Old Man’s Pepper, Oum Alf Ouraka, Pharange, Saigum, Sanguinary, Sataraatyoutas, Schafgarbe, Schafgarbenkraut, Seiyonokogiriso, Seiyounokogirisou, Sneezeweed, Soldier’s Milfoil, Stratictes, Tansy, Thou Alf Ouraka, Thousand Leaf, Thousand Leaf Grass, Thousand Seal, Thousand Weed, Trava Tysyachelistnik, Troneto, Umm Alf Waraqah, Western Yarrow, Wound Wort, Yarrow, Yerba De Carpintero, Yerba De La Muela, Gandana, and Rojmari.
Habitat: Native to Asia, Europe, and North America
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Flower
Achillea millefolium, is a perennial herb that belongs to the Asteraceae family, 30-90 cm in height, with an aromatic odor, greyish green color from the numerous small hairs; stem angular and has no branches except near the top. It was known for 2000 years ago and was recorded firstly into the medical textbook of Dioscorides. Achillea millefolium was named after Achilles, the Greek mythical figure who used it to stop the bleeding wounds of his soldiers.
The leaves are alternate, 3-5 inches long, with many leaflets on each side of the midrib and these are further divided into smaller leaflets, giving them a delicate, fernlike, lacy appearance. They are green or greyish-green, faintly pubescent on the upper surface and more pubescent on the lower surface, 1-3 pinnately divided with linear lobes and a finely pointed whitish tip, alternate, clustered at the base of the stem. Flower heads are arranged in large, compact clusters at the top of the stem, each cluster consisting of one or more flower heads. The flower head has 20-25 yellowish-white ray flowers and similarly colored disk flowers. The flowers are typically white, but either pink or pale purple flowers are common in mountain areas. The petals are densely arranged in flattened clusters, and the leaves look like feathers.
The plant spreads rapidly. Yarrows can be planted to combat soil erosion due to the plant's resistance to drought. The flowers, leaves, and stems of the Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) plant are used for medicinal purposes. It is collected while in bloom.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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