Common name: Yarrow, milfoil
Latin name: Achillea millefolium (Asteraceae)
Appearance: Creeping perennial; grows up to 3 feet tall; white flower heads; finely divided leaves
Habitat: Native to Europe and western Asia, but is found in temperate regions all over the world; grows wild in meadows and roadsides.
Practical uses:* anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, arrests internal and external bleeding, dilates blood vessels/lowers blood pressure, regulates menstrual cycle, reduces heavy menstrual bleeding and period pain
Parts used: Flowers and leaves
Primary preparations: Infusion, tincture, essential oil
Potential home uses: Cleansing wounds, colds/flu, digestive issues, fever, varicose veins
*Consult with a qualified healthcare professional before attempting to self-treat ailments.
SOURCE: Chevallier A. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. New York, NY: DK Publishing;