Wild yarrow’s white flowerheads bloom all summer into fall on strong, 2 foot perennial plants that thrive in full sun and a range of well-drained soils.
Traditional Healing Uses: Yarrow was a traditional wound herb, used as a wash or poultice to hasten blood clotting after injuries, and to relieve nosebleeds, sores, ulcers, bruises, piles, acne, and toothache. Both Native American and European people have used yarrow tea in a wide range of treatments: for relief of colds and fevers, anorexia, indigestion, stomach cramps, gastric inflammations, internal bleeding, urinary infections, and excessive menstruation and other gynecological problems. Hot yarrow-mint-elderflower tea was used for cold and flu symptoms.
Other Uses: Young yarrow leaves can be added to soups and salads, or to baths, hair rinses, and skin lotions. Flowers are beautiful in dried arrangements. Plants attract beneficial insects to the garden and increase essential oils in nearby herbs. Yarrow is an ancient herb of divination.