Firstly, thanks to Danbones for the heads up on Achillea ==> www.abovetopsecret.com...
Commonly known as yarrow, Achillea millefolium is a common plant in the Asteraceae family. In Norway we call it 'ryllik' and it grows just about
everywhere in the Northern hemisphere, along the road, along gardens and fields... everywhere there is sunlight, being a sturdy, drought resistant
It's a popular medicinal plant and also used for cooking. Early in spring it tastes kinda sweet, but later in the season it becomes more and more
bitter. However I like the taste and chew it straight up whenever I pass it. Being rich in vitamin-C, it was used to cure skurvy, and is a good
supplement in cases of colds and the flu, especially those feverish ones. I've also noticed that it temporarilly cures bad breath. It's rich in
anti-bacterial agents (documented), so it's good for healing wounds etc. and it has some pain releaving properties and was often used for toothache.
It clogs blood, so if you've got a bleeding nose, stuff some leaves (not the flowers) up there and the bleeding stops. Another method is to grind
dried herb to snort for curing more serious, reoocuring nosebleeds. A decoction may be taken against hemorrhoids, either internally or used with an
Yarrow was even used as a replacement for hops in beer, due to it's bitterness and was rumoured to making beer stronger, containing some thujone
(atleast it's believed), same as in wormwood, a main ingredient in absinthe.
Good for tea, either for it's healing properties, or simply for it's great taste. Distilled into an essencial oil, it has a dark blue hue, and without
being too sure I guess this was one of but a few sources of organic blue dyes back in the day. Ointment made from the leaves is good for healing
wounds, ulcers, and in the Orkneys it's used for dispelling melancholy. If you see the first flowering yarrow in spring, you are granted a wish by the
gods it's said, and has been used as decoration in weddings said to ensure a long and lasting relationship
Some may have noticed a certain Greek god contained in the name of this one. And you are right of course. In Homer's Illiad, we can read about the
centaur Chiron, who conveyed herbal secrets to the humans, and taught Achilles to use yarrow on the battle grounds of Troy for healing wounds and
Yarrow at witchipedia
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