Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
This plant is collected as it flowers, all ariel parts are used, fresh or dried. The flowers vary from white to pink & the feathery leaves have a unique flavour which many enjoy in salads.
Yarrow is a very good diaphoretic, opening the pores & bringing on a sweat. This makes it useful for treating colds, flus & fevers. Neutral in nature it can be used in treating a ‘Hot cold’ & a ‘Cold cold’ depending upon what it is combined with.
If there is a sore throat, high fever, yellow mucus, thirst.,. (a Hot cold), it could be combined with herbs like Honeysuckle flower, Elder Flower, Burdock seed, Willow leaf, Chamomile, Licorice root, Lemon balm….
If there is less fever, more chills, headache, achy legs, white mucus… (a Cold cold), it could be combined with Spring onions, fresh Ginger root, Peppermint, Oregano…
As a single it can be drunk as tea 3 x daily for heavy menstrual bleeding. Preferably combine 2 parts Yarrow to 1 part Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) for heavy menstrual bleeding. The Yarrow will ‘restrain the flow’ whilst the Mugwort will ‘keep things moving’. This prevents retention of any endometrium which needs to be shed. It is best to start drinking 2-3 days before the period starts.
Also used as a bitter tonic to stimulate the digestion, it can be combined with other bitter flavoured herbs & used 20 mins before eating to improve the appetite & assimilation of food. Or as a tea, vodka tincture or schnapps after food
if you’ve eaten too much!