Yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, supplied in 50 mm pot


Other than with pharmaceutical drugs which are either for cough or high blood pressure or  for any single ailment many plant medicines are much more complex and can be used to fight so many illnesses that you cannot decide which are the main applications for that plant. Yarrow is such a herb, but for me it has one main application: I use it for any deep nasty cut and I was really impressed, after accidentally snipping my fingers with the secateurs.
There are many many uses for yarrow, let’s start with the medicinal ones:

  • colds and flu
  • stomach ulcers
  • amenorrhea (the absence of a menstrual period)
  • abdominal cramps
  • abscesses
  • trauma and bleeding
  • reduce inflammation
  • bleeding ulcers
  • heavy menstrual periods
  • uterine hemorrhage
  • blood in the urine
  • bleeding from the bowels
  • antibiotic properties
  • bleeding hemorrhoids
  • relieve pain associated with gynecologic conditions, digestive disorders, and other conditions
  • endometriosis 

Yarrow has a  bitter taste. You can add the leaves to salads and omelettes; sparingly so as not to over power the dish. Yarrow also makes an interesting addition to chicken soups and stews. Yarrow flowers make a wonderful aromatic wine.

Yarrow is easy to grow, likes full sun, neglect and a dry spot. There are a lot of ‘improved’ cultivars for the ornamental garden, my guess is, that they might cross with your medicinal yarrow and lessen the effectiveness.


Medicinal Herb:
The practical Herbalist
Sacred Earth
Wild Foods and Medicines
Whispering Earth

Cooking and Winemaking recipes:

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Height + Width:

Frost Hardiness: Hardy in Katoomba




Country of Origin: Eastern Cape of South Africa


Common names: African Dream Root, Undlela Ziimhlophe (White Ways/Paths), Ubulawu



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