My Friend Yarrow
A common aspect of our lawns, yarrow has a million uses like its Latin name which means ‘The foliage of a million leaflets!’ Its beautiful flowers and leaves are good for so many situations and as it grows wild all over the UK and Europe, let’s all make use of it, but how?
A simple home-brewed tea is the easiest way to use it. Just collect a tablespoon of fresh leaves and pour a mug of boiling water over it. Leave for 10 minutes and drink. It is bitter! But this is part of its medicinal ‘taste’. You can always sweeten with liquorices or maple syrup or add a peppermint tea bag.
It’s great for summer colds and is a favourite and time old fever, cold and flu remedy that I know some of you already use, classically with Peppermint and Elderflower. It increases sweating, reduces fever, and is anti-inflammatory. (Whilst its bitter properties help digestive recovery afterwards).
Achilles of Greek stories made it famous for war wounds and in particular on his Achilles heel but is a brilliant all-round wound herb as an ointment or soaked in an oil base. For women, it’s a godsend to help regulate the menstrual cycle and especially for heavy periods and any pain.
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