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Yarrow: for Achilles healing

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Yarrow: for Achilles healing

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a very common flower around Dorset, you can see it just about anywhere from july (sometimes even in June) right through until the first frosts of the autumn and winter eventually kill them off. They are found in meadows, grasslands, hedgerows and roadsides, just about anywhere in fact. It is also a common weed of lawns and is definitely not a gardeners friend. 

Yarrow is, perhaps, one of those flowers you walk by without a second look because it is so common but when you do stop and take a really close look you find that the flower-head is not one flower but a hundred or so tiny flowers, all like little daisies. Millefolium - a thousand flowers. The overall flower head can range from white to pink but, in general, is dirty white or, perhaps more kindly, cream. It is very popular with insects.
 
According to Wikipedia the plant has a long history of being used to treat wounds, cuts and abrasions and the Achillea part of its scientific name derives from the greek hero, Achilles, whose army supposedly carried it with them to treat battle wounds! The leaves do apparently encourage blood clotting and can be used fresh to treat nosebleeds. It apparently has many other medicinal uses too and treats all sorts of conditions. It has also been used as a vegetable, a culinary herb, for beer making and as a form of tea; a truly versatile plant!

 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 9 months ago

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