|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
Used: The entire plant.
Used: Water extraction, poultices.
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.
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.