What is Yarrow
Yarrow is a herb that is mostly found in Europe, Asia & North America. The presence of yarrow is throughout the world but mostly in these areas.Other names for yarrow is “Achillea mille folium” and “plumajillo” or “little feather”.
If we want to cultivate yarrow then quality of soil required is poor. It only requires enough amount of water in soil and presence of sunlight. If well-drained soil is not used then it can suffer from “mildew” or” root rot”. It is very beneficial for the plants that are its companions because it increases the required oil contents and help them to protect from insects that can harm them. It also enhances the fertility of soil.
The maximum height of yarrow can be 10 to 20 inches and its leaves are about 3 to 4 inch long and 1 inch broad. Its leaves are broader at the bottom and middle and are cut in a very fine shape. The color of leaves is dark green. Its flowers are of white color and their appearance is like a daisy flower. Flowers bloom from May to August.
Instead of becoming good companion of nearby plants yarrow has other numerous benefits. The list of benefits is very long. It protects us from:-
Cold Fever Skin irritation Kidney disorder Irregular menses Impure blood.
Due to these benefits other names like staunch weed and soldier’s wondwort are also given to it. The extracts of yarrow can be used as an antibiotic which help to heal wound and to stop blood out of wound. It was also used in hair shampoos. But overdose of it can make our skin more sensitive to sunlight.
In middle time yarrow was used in the flavoring of beer. Old name for yarrow were arrowroot, bad man’s plaything, death flower, old man’s paper, woundwort etc.
In seventeenth century yarrow was used as a vegetable. It was use in spinach or in a soup. It has sweet but slightly bitter taste.
Today yarrow is basically used for curing cold, influenza and it also has a positive effect on circulatory, digestive, excretory and urinary system.
The top parts of this plant are used as a tonic for the blood, stimulate the circulation and to control high blood pressure, to control menstrual disorders, sweat remedy and to control fever.
In some cases yarrow can cause severe skin rashes along with allergy.