Nature Table: Yarrow

This downy perennial is found in unimproved pastures, road verges, canal banks, neglected church yards, and waste land, though its not as common as it was in the days before silage and intensive agriculture. 

It’s in flower at present, with aromatic, flat-topped clusters of small white flowers which are often tinged with pink.

Down through the ages yarrow has been regarded as an important medicinal herb with a variety of uses.

It was once known as ‘herbal militaris’ because it was used to dress wounds; Achilles was said to use it for this purpose.

In Ireland an infusion of yarrow in first-run poitín was used as a poultice for curing joint pains.

It was also used for curing toothaches and headaches and, in parts of Munster, to make good luck charms.


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