Yarrow – White (Achillea millefolium)


Yarrow is a PERENNIAL growing to 60cm. It has very feathery, frilly, hairy, aromatic leaves and flat clusters of flowers at the top of the stem.
Prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Full sun or semi-shade. It can grow in very alkaline soil and can tolerate drought and maritime exposure.
Leaves are used raw or cooked and has many medicinal uses.

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Leaves are rather bitter in flavour, but can be added in small quantities in mixed salads
Can be used as a hop-substitute for flavouring and as a preservative for beer
An aromatic tea is made from the flowers and leaves.

Amongh yarrow’s impressive list of medicinal actions, it is antidiarrhoeal, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, digestive, stimulant, and tonic.
It is widely used in herbal medicine and has been in use for many centuries, and is particularly well suited to stauching the flow of blood (cuts, scrapes, nosebleeds etc.) and for treating influenza, colds and fevers.

The growing plant repels unwanted insects, while the flowers attract pollinators and insect predators
The leaves make a good liquid plant feed, and it is said to speed up the decomposition of your compost pile.
The leaves infused make a gentle face wash.
It’s a dye plant.

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