According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
Yarrow is a flowering perennial, common in North America but also native to Europe and Asia. Its leaves are soft and highly segmented with a characteristic appearance that is almost feather-like. Yarrow grows stalks during the summer months, with a height that is dependent upon the seasonal rainfall. During dry years, these stalks may only grow a foot or two, preserving energy in its roots. Clusters of tiny white flowers grow atop the stalks, emitting a distinctive and characteristic aroma.
Yarrow received its Latin name Achillea from the legendary Greek hero Achilles. According to the common legend, Achilles's mother dipped him into the river Styx by the ankle in an effort to make him invulnerable. Fighting many battles as a seemingly invincible warrior, Achilles used yarrow to treat the wounds of his fellow soldiers. He later died from a wound to his heel, as it was the one unprotected part of his anatomy.
Yarrow was one of the first wild plants that I learned. I instantly had a connection with it and seen it everywhere since. I am so happy my boyfriend introduced this beauty of a plant to me because it has so many amazing properties, and a long list of benefits that I can't pass up.
~I found so much pink yarrow today, which is exciting because most yarrow around me is white. I usually find it in meadows, fields, my backyard, and on the side of the road. It grows everywhere in PEI, but the pink yarrow is more rare. Which is why I was so excited to find quite a bit of it today.
Yarrow Health Benefits:
~Helps heal colds and fevers
~Promotes healthy circulation
~Great herb for woman: Helps maintain healthy reproductive systems; heals urinary track infections.
~Heals internal and external bleeding
~Heals respiratory issues
~ Used in herbal first aid kits to heal external wounds
How to Use Yarrow
~Infusion/Tea: For colds, flues and respiratory issues.
~Tincture: Heavy menstrual bleeding and cramps, respiratory issues.
~Cooking: Very bitter so use tiny amount. Add to soups, stews and omelettes. Stimulates digestion.
~Infused Oil: Great for swollen joints.
~Flower Essence: Take to ease comfort in intense or overwhelming environments.
~Inhalation: Helps fevers and asthma.
~Poultice: Helps wounds stop bleeding and begin healing.
I am still very new with yarrow, and haven't experimented with all of the ways to use yarrow. I basically just use yarrow in tea, but will be making oil and flower essence very soon. I have found that being patient and allowing with myself with herbal medicine making works best. If I find a plant and I don't necessarily "use" it, thats okay. Usually the plant will "tell" you if it needs to be used medicinally and when. It is all about listening and feeling. The plant will even let you know if they want to be foraged or not.