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Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is an ally whose virtues are extensive and varied. Species and subspecies of the Achillea genus grow naturally all over the world. Its range of  offerings to human health span the many layers of our wellbeing: physical, emotional, psychological and energetic. Millefolium can stop bleeding, relieve pain, disinfect wounds, break a fever, tonify tissue, calm nerves, strengthen personal power, and encourage a courageous heart. 

Yarrow's roots are deep and its' leaves are mineral rich. It offers stability to the soil in erosive and disturbed environments and can help improve soil health with it's mineral rich leaves. Yarrow's flower repels some insects and attracts others. They can attract wasps and other predatory insects which feed upon insects that are parasitic to plants. In this way, Achillea is a great healer and protector of it's ecological community, and maintains this role when applied to the human healing process. 

Achillea is not commonly used as a dye plant presently nor historically.  It produces a beautiful light golden color on botanical fibers.  Incorporating this plant in our clothing is powerful because of it's protective and healing nature. 

 

 

 
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) ©Juniperous 2016 

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) ©Juniperous 2016