Common Name: Yarrow
Latin name: Achillea millefolium
Parts used: leaves, flowers
Tissue or system affinity: skin, uterus, urinary tract, throat, mucous membranes
Taste: bitter, astringent
Energetics: cooling & drying
Actions: anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary, antiviral, diaphoretic, styptic, hemostatic, febrifuge, antibacterial, aromatic
Uses: One of the best first aid herbs I know of. You can read more about it in this chicken healing story. It will calm inflammation around a wound, tighten the tissues, AND fight off bacteria and infection. It also happens to be a superior pest deterrent (think homemade bug spray). You can use yarrow for nose bleeds, wounds, urinary tract infections, strep throat, heavy menses, & fevers/flus (induces sweat, breaks fever; add peppermint for taste). The Romans used this herb on the battlefield to dress wounds (so you can imagine how effective this herb is for first aid). Use as a tea or tincture (internally) and as a powder, tea (rinse), or infused oil (or salve), topically. It has a terrible bitter taste, but it works so effectively…you’ll see right past that.