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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium L.) is a wild plant. The active ingredients are vitamin K and essential oil containing hamazulene. Liquid extract (30-40 drops 3 times a day) or an infusion of herbs (15: 200, 1 tablespoon 3 times a day) is used as a styptic for uterine, hemorrhoidal and other bleeding; also used as an anti-inflammatory agent for gastritis, peptic ulcer disease , inflammation of the mucous membranes and as bitterness that stimulates the appetite.

Fig. 72. Yarrow.

Looking at the yarrow and really think that he has a thousand leaves. All because each sheet is repeatedly cut into countless narrow slices, which simply do not have enough patience to count.


The rhizome of the yarrow creeping, each stem ends at the top of the inflorescence of white flowers. The plant is distributed everywhere, with the exception of the north-east of the USSR, the Far North and Siberia. It is not in the desert and semi-desert areas. Very fragrant plant - everything smells: both flowers and grass.

Yarrow is an old folk remedy. In Russia in the XV century, its juice was used as a wound healing and hemostatic agent. Even now, many people use its leaves when it is necessary to stop the blood during cuts. Mashed and attached to the wound, they quickly stop the blood, and the wound heals faster. Of course, you need to do all this with clean hands.

Use grass and inflorescences of yarrow. The grass is harvested in the flowering phase, cutting off sickly tops of shoots up to 15 cm long with sickles, knives or secateurs, without coarse, stem-free leaves. When collecting inflorescences, the shields with a peduncle are cut no longer than 2 cm and individual flower baskets.

Dried yarrow raw materials in the shade under a shed or in the attic, spreading out a thin layer and turning over from time to time.

You can not pull out the stems with roots - thickets will die. And with proper harvesting on the same areas, you can harvest, because the plant is a perennial. Overgrowth should be given rest for 1-2 years.

On a par with the yarrow, you can collect other species close to him: Yarrow is Asian, bristly, pannonian. It is impossible to collect only the noble yarrow, which is distinguished from all by the dense gray-sylp pubescence of the leaves.

Yarrow is rich in vitamin K and has a hemostatic effect in case of internal bleeding, as well as bactericidal properties.