Posted by Sydney J. Tanner on 11/9/2018 to
Achillea millefolium or common yarrow is also known as “nosebleed plant” and stanchgrass. It has been used for millennia as a medicinal herb. Recent archeological finds have uncovered yarrow flowers on the body of a 40,000+-year-old Neanderthal Man. Legend has it that the Greek hero Achilles used the plant to heal his troops and soldiers during the Trojan War. Interestingly enough, yarrow’s use on the battlefield was continuous from that time until well after the American Civil War, almost 7000 years. The second half of the name (millefolium) refers to the plethora of feathery sections in the leaves. The English word that we use for the herb (yarrow) is a messed up version of the Anglo-Saxon word “gearwe.” It is said by some to be one of the most important herbs used by the Native Americans.