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Offering a strong medicinal fragrance and fast action, yarrow is a natural styptic, a substance that stops bleeding by contracting body tissue and healing injured blood vessels. Nicknamed the “nosebleed plant,” it encourages clotting and helps disinfect minor wounds. When consumed in tea or taken as tincture, it can also help reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.
Parts Used: Leaves and flowers
Precautions: Do not take yarrow internally during pregnancy. Yarrow can cause a rash in some people who are allergic to plants in the Asteraceae family; discontinue use if irritation occurs.
Identifying/Growing: Yarrow has soft, feathery, silver-green leaves and tightly packed florets atop strong stems. Most wild yarrow has white or pinkish flowers, but some domestic varieties have yellow or bright pink blooms. This herb grows profusely across North America, Europe, and Asia. You can very easily grow yarrow in your garden. Simply sow the seeds and keep them watered. Fragrant clusters of leaves will soon be followed by attractive flowers. You can begin harvesting this herb as soon as the plants mature, picking the leaves and flowers in early morning and drying them right away. Since yarrow is a self-seeding perennial, you should only have to plant it once to receive an abundant harvest year after year.