Saturday, February 04, 2006

Yarrow: Modern Uses For Mythical Herb

In Greek mythology, the warrior Achilles applied summerblooming yarrow to his soldiers' battle wounds — a legend that led to the herb's botanical name, Achillea millefolium. The hardy wildflower thrives in poor soil, producing caps of yellow, white and light pink flowers.

In many countries (including this one), it's considered a weed. But the plant has a medicinal history that dates back thousands of years, and has been dubbed bloodwort, staunchweed and nosebleed for its ancient use in treating bleeding injuries.

Uses: In the U.S., yarrow supplements are most commonly marketed for fevers, colds, toothaches, snoring and digestive problems. The herb has also been used, particularly in Europe and Russia, to ease menstrual cramps, boost liver health and stimulate the appetite. Full Story

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