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Summer | Yarrow


Meet Yarrow. Easily identified by her feathery leaves and tiny white or pink-coloured flowers, clustered tightly together to form umbrella-shaped heads.

You might know some of her other names such as wound medicine, milfoil, dog daisy, thousand leaf or Achillea millefolium



Watch the yarrow video embedded at the bottom of this page - also available to watch on YouTube and Vimeo.

Yarrow is a member of the Daisy family

and flowers in the UK from June to September.

It can be easily identified by its feathery leaves

and its tiny white or pink-coloured flowers,

clustered tightly together to form umbrella-shaped heads.

Its Latin name millefolium means 1000-leaved

because its leaves appear that profuse due to their many divisions.

The flowers, when rubbed between the fingers,

have a fragrant yet pungent, peppery smell that is very distinctive.

Be careful not to confuse yarrow with members of the carrot family

which can include deadly plants such as hemlock 

the appearance of the leaves and the fragrance of the yarrow flowers will help you distinguish one from the other.

However, if in doubt, leave alone as even touching hemlock can be dangerous.

With yarrow, the whole plant - the stem, leaves and flowers are used medicinally.

It's a good idea to collect this plant in the summer and dry it

as it is a fantastic cold, flu and fever remedy

and would be very useful in the winter for such ailments.

Yarrow is also an excellent remedy for painful periods

as it increases the circulation to the womb

and helps boosts a woman's natural production of progesterone,

a vital hormone for healthy menstruation and fertility.

Taking yarrow tea three times a day can help to regulate irregular periods

and help periods become less painful.

It is recommended to avoid yarrow during pregnancy.

To make one cup of yarrow tea:

take a small handful of the fresh herb (meaning flowers, stem and leaves combined)

or a teaspoon of the dried herb and add a cup of boiling water.

Let sit, covered, for 5-10 mins and then drink while warm.

As a fever remedy and cold yarrow tea can be very effective at reducing high fevers in both adults and children.

It used be highly regarded as a treatment for malarial fevers

One teaspoon of the cold tea every couple of hours will be a sufficient dose for children under 5 years old.

One cup of yarrow tea, three times a day for adults

It's gently laxative properties also help, as once the bowels are open, if they have not been, recovery from a fever often soon follows.