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Achillea millefolium

arrow makes a great tea and contains vitamins A, C and minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium.

Once the flowers are open, pick the bunches of flowers and steep them in hot water.

You can use the flowers, leaves and stem.

You can dry and store in a jar for a long time. Remember to label the jar as all herbs can be hard to distinguish when dried.

Generally great for the blood and helps regulate menstruation.

They grow in open grass in full sun and you'll spot them around now you know what they are.

It's a staple to have in the cupboard. Once you've tuned into it, you'll know when you need it.

They have distinctive floret heads and anthers that poke out the tops. They are peculiar to look at up close but these chrematistics make them unmistakable once you know them.

They have a white and a pink variety that I know of. Here I'm holding one of each variety. This is the only time I've seen the pink variety so it's quite rare.

These are the buds before they flower (beginning of June time)

Yarrow is a real sign of summer with them being available to harvest mid June onwards and into early August.

I really enjoy the essence of yarrow. It's flavoursome and my body knows when it needs it.

They say warriors used to use yarrow in battle to pack wounds due to it's microbial and pain-relieving properties.

To use on wounds, dry the leaves and grind them into a power (this works better than with the flowers) and then just apply to the wound and blow off the excess. This is only suitable for smallish wounds though I image and is not a replacement for a doctor or medical advice.

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1 Apr
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