Yarrow flower (Achillea millefolium) collecting - Sunday trip

On our Sunday trip to the nearby forest we decided to collect some yarrow flower for a herb cure. It was a good opportunity to take some photos too.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), also known as milfoil, is beneficial in removing heat and toxins from the system through increased perspiration, so every year I make a short, two weeks cure of infusion.
Landscape with yarrow field and beautiful blue skyYarrow grows everywhere and seams to be good for almost everything. Both flowers and leaves are used and have a bitterish, astringent, pungent taste.
I was interested to find out more about the benefits and effects of this plant, so here is what people say the yarrow is good for (be aware that these are not medical recommendations):

Yarrow tea can induce sweating and help to reduce fever. It is a good remedy for severe colds, flu, coughs as well as sore throats.
Yarrow plant and flowerYarrow can also be used as a stimulant for the circulatory system, purify the blood and helps in healing varicose veins, hemorrhoids, phlebitis and thrombosis.

It's antispasmodics quality relieves spasms or abdominal cramps and also acts to lower blood pressure and reduce bleeding.

Stimulates the flow of bile, and purify the blood cleaning the skin too.

Yarrow tee preparation

is the same as most infusions or decoctions.
The infusion is made with 1 tsp. dried herb to 1 cup boiling water, steep for 10 min. It may be sweetened with sugar or honey but You have to drink it warm.
yarrow (milfoil) flower close-upFor inhalation fresh yarrow flowers may be added to boiling water and the aroma inhaled to cure hay fever and mild asthma.
A decoction of the whole plant is employed for bleeding piles, and is good for kidney disorders.

It is not recommended to be taken over a long period as yarrow can produce allergies and the skin can become more sensitive to sunlight.

Over the centuries, milfoil has been use for many things in the folklore, even for divination in spells.
Read about it at Botanical .com.

Another very useful fruiting plant, widely grown in many parts of the world, but not known in America, is the sea buckthorn shrub.

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