Herbal legend has described that yarrow (Achillea millefolium) was named after Achilles, the Greek mythical hero who used it to stop the bleeding wounds of his soldiers during the Trojan War in 1200 BC. In Medieval times, yarrow leaves were rolled up and stuffed in the nose to stop bleeding.
All parts of the yarrow herb can be used in some fashion - the flower is higher in aromatic oils, and the leaves are higher in tannins. However, you will find that the flower is the most commonly used part, and should be harvested when fully bloomed in the summer. Yarrow’s leaves can be harvested any time of year.
Most sources support the belief that the early colonists introduced yarrow into North America while others ascribe to the notion that it is a plant native to Native America, given how the plant’s use was so deeply embedded in native American culture. The Native Americans embraced the medicinal properties of yarrow and used it often.
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