Yarrow

Older than Achilles

Traces of Yarrow were found at ancient burial sites dating back 60,000 years. The plant is regarded as one of the oldest herbs used as a remedy in Europe. Yarrow grows on dry grassland and sunny wayside paths. Its healing powers are valued for treating minor injuries and wounds.

A name with history

The botanical name ‘achillea’ is derived from the Greek ‘achilleios’ and known as ‘Achilles’ herb’. Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War, was trained in the art of natural remedies and treating wounds by the centaur, Chiron. The species name ‘millefolium’ is derived from the Greek ‘myriophyllon’, meaning ‘thousand-leaf’.
Other names for Yarrow such as Woundwort reflect the medicinal action of the herb. The English name is derived from the Saxon, gearwe, meaning ‘healer’.
Other common names: Soldier’s Woundwort, Millefolium, Old Man’s Mustard, Devil’s Nettle, Field Hops, Common Yarrow, Devil's Nettle, and many more.

In brief

Plant family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Origin: Native
Flowering season: May to October
Harvest: Herb, plants in flower: May to October
Grows here: Depending on the soil composition, the plant has a different form and flowers (white to reddish)
Habitat: Meadows, waysides and along arable fields, open forest ground, rubble and waste ground

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Effective ingredients

Yarrow can be used to treat internal and external wounds. The herb is antibacterial, relieves cramp and is an anti-inflammatory. Medicines containing the effective ingredients of Yarrow help alleviate stomach cramps or pain in the bowel or due to the menstrual cycle. Yarrow also helps alleviate a poor appetite due to its stimulation of the gastric juices.

Holistic effects

Yarrow effectively treats minor cuts or wounds and helps ward off bad influences in times of major change. Yarrow stands for protection, harmony and balance. It promotes creative intuition and has deep-seated medicinal powers.