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Yarrow is up!

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Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a pretty little powerhouse.  It is not only a fast, effective insect bite and sting remedy, just crush and apply; its antiseptic properties make it important in healing all skin wounds and irritations.  Taken internally, as an infusion (tea) or tincture, Yarrow is a helpful remedy for fevers, to lower blood pressure, and in clearing urinary tract infections; due to its anti-catarrhal, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, hypotensive and tonic actions. (1)  The Shakers, also, found Yarrow useful “In hemorrhages, incontinence of urine, diabetes, piles, dysentery, and flatulence.” (2)

Maybe you’ve seen it growing along the roadside, or in a vacant lot.  Maybe you’ve even cultivated your own.  Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, grows between 1 and 3 ft tall; singularly or in clumps.

The tiny,  fragrant, white to rose colored, five petal flowers, form flat-topped clusters.

With fragrant, long, narrow, lacy, fern-like leaves.

Yarrow flowers, leaves…

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