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Issue 39 - Lughnasadh/Fall 1998


"Herbal Snippits"
Yarrow

By Ellen Evert Hopman

Yarrow or Achillea millefolium was known as Medicine Plant to the early European settlers of New England. Its foot tall stalks with their feathery leaves and white flower clusters can be seen in meadows and fields and along roadsides from June to November. The name "Achillea" was bestowed on this plant for its ability to stop hemorrhage, in honor of the ancient Greek warrior Achilles who gave it to his soldiers to stop bleeding when they were wounded. Chinese herbalists and sages were so impressed by Yarrow that they used it's stalks as a divinatory tool in conjunction with the I Ching or Book of Changes.

Young Yarrow leaves are picked and eaten in the spring as a general blood tonic. Add them to a salad of baby dandelion leaves, violet leaves and flowers, and wild onions.

The signatures of this plant are its white flowers hinting ...

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