November 28, 2018

Yarrow

Latin Name: Achillea Millefolium

The latin name for yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, comes from the mythological Achilles, who was said to have been dipped in yarrow to protect him, except his heel. Millefolium means “thousand leaves”. Commonly identified having tiny, white flowers in dense, compact corymbs.

LEAVES
Leaves are basal and alternate along the stem. They are fern-like, densely hairy and typically soft to the touch. At higher elevations, they tend to be darker in colour.

FLOWERS
Flowerheads are numerous in compact, flat or rounded clusters. They are typically white, though other tints may appear in cultivated crops.

CONSUMPTION
Tea can be made from the flowers and leaves, as it is helpful with sleep and anxiety issues. The leaves can also be used as a hop-substitute for flavouring and as a preservative for beer!

WHERE TO FIND
It can be found growing in a wide range of locations including meadows, rocky slopes and lowland to alpine zones.

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