Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium
- English: Common Yarrow
- Also, known as: Achillée, Achillenkraut, Amelotu, Artemisia Bastarda, Bauchwehkraut, Berbe
- Militaris, Biranjasif, Baranjaasif, Bloodwort, Bumadaran, Carpenter’s Grass, Carpenter’s Weed, Chipmunk Grass, Centofoglie, Cickafark, Ciento En Rama, Common Yarrow, Daun Seribu, Dog Daisy, Egel Tologch Ovs, Erba Da Carpentierir, Erba Da Falegnam, Erva D’o Marchese, Fl Or De La Pluma, Gandana, Gordoloba, Green Arrow, Herbe Au Charpentier, 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.
Origin: Native to Asia, Europe and North America
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Flower
Achillea millefolium, is a perennial herb which belongs to Asteraceae family, 30-90 cm in height, with 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 Dioscoride. 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:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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