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Achillea millefolium
Yarrow
Family:
Compositae


picture: mid-August 2004

Origin:
Europe and western Asia

Type:
perennial

Flowering/Fruiting:
tba as we observe this location through the seasons.

Part used:
whole plant or flowers (sometimes the essential oil)
WARNING: fresh plant may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.

Actions:
antibacterial & anti-inflammatory (sesquiterpene lactones & azulenic compounds), antispasmodic (flavonoids), antipyretic & hypotensive/peripheral vasodilator (alkaloids).

Uses:

wound healing, fever, colds, digestive remedy, pelvic autonomic dysfunction.

For Colds: Infuse 1g of herb per cup of water, drink 1/2 to 1 cup of tea every 1-2 hours until cold or fever breaks.

Catchtail Comments:
The official medicinal yarrow flowers white. We purchased this ornamental cultivar from a nursery, and I am unsure of its specific botanical name.
It is likely that the cultivar would exhibit similar actions as the official herb.

Links:
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/y/yarrow02.html
http://hortweb.cas.psu.edu/extension/vegcrops/herbs/yarrow_common.html
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/med-aro/factsheets/YARROW.html

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