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A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yarrow April 29, 2013

Today is day 25 of the a to z challenge. Tomorrow is the last day of this month long challenge. Y is for Yarrow.

Yarrow is also known by the names Milfoil, Old Man’s Pepper,Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Herbe Militaris, Thousand Weed, Nose Bleed, Carpenter’s Weed, Bloodwort, Staunchweed, Sanguinary, Devil’s Nettle, Devil’s Plaything, Bad Man’s Plaything, and Yarroway.

The leaves of the plant have a feathery appearance. The flowers are white, pale lilac, yellow, pink, orange and red. They look like small daisies.


Parts of the plant that can be used are the whole plant, stems, leaves and flowers, collected in the wild state, in August, when in flower.

The stalks are dried and used in I Ching divination.

Yarrow Tea is a good remedy for severe colds, being most useful in the commencement of fevers, and in cases of obstructed perspiration. It opens the pores freely and purifies the blood, and is recommended in the early stages of children’s colds, and in measles and other eruptive diseases.

 The younger leaves are said to be a pleasant leaf vegetable when cooked as spinach, or in a soup. Yarrow is sweet with a slight bitter taste.


The leaves encourage clotting, so it can be used fresh for nosebleeds. The aerial parts of the plant are used for phlegm conditions, as a bitter digestive tonic to encourage bile flow, and as a diuretic. The aerial parts act as a tonic for the blood, stimulate the circulation, and can be used for high blood pressure; it is also useful in menstrual disorders, and as an effective sweating remedy to bring down fevers.


As with any plant or herb seek medical advice before using.


2 Responses to “A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yarrow”

  1. I love Yarrow. Have two in my garden. One yellow and one a pinkish color.

  2. The yarrow in my garden is getting all its feathery leaves.

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