• Not to be used during pregnancy.

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(Achillea millefolium)
Common names: Arrowroot, Carpenter's Weed, Death Flower, Devil's Nettle, Eerie, Field Hops, Gearwe, Hundred Leaved Grass, Knight's Milfoil, Knyghten, Milfoil, Militaris, Military Herb, Millefolium, Noble Yarrow, Nosebleed, Old Man's Mustard, Old Man's Pepper, Sanguinary, Seven year's Love, Soldier's Woundwort, Snake's Grass, Staunchgrass, Tansy, Thousandleaf, Thousand Seal, Woundwort, Yarroway, Yerw



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Parts Used: The entire plant. Methods Used: Water extraction, poultices.

Spiritual Uses: Celts -- Divination. Love and happy marriage. Add to incenses for love spells and divinations.

The stems of the sacred yarrow were used by the Druids to foretell weather cycles and the effects of the seasons.

The stems of the yarrow were also used by the Chinese to toss to obtain the hexagrams of the 'I Ching.'

Native Americans -- Healing.

Physical Uses: Both the Celts and Native Americans used it to speed the healing of wounds.

The Ute name for Yarrow means "wound medicine." The Dine people consider it 'life medicine,'

Indians made poultices of the leaves and applied them in the treatment of skin rashes, wounds, ulcers, and hemorrhoids.

They also used this herb to treat general debilitation, to relieve stomah and intestinal cramps and to increase appetite.

When combined with Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and Plantain (Plantago), it was used to stop internal hemorrhaging.

Yarrow is also believed to be effective when treating respiratory infections, pulmonary tuberculosis, digestive problems and fevers. When mixed with Elder (Sambucus canadensis) and Mint (Menth piperita), it promotes perspiration.

Chewing the leaves is believed to relieve toothaches. An infusion made of the tops of the plant was used to treat earaches.

The tea has been used to regularize menstruation and to treat colds.

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