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Yarrow-Achillea millefolium

I stumbled upon this one on one of my morning walks. It is in bloom in June. You can find this almost anywhere in North America, Asia and Europe. One of my Bot Med teachers said that if she could only take one herb to a desert island that this would be the one. It is very versatile.

You can take the leaves and flowers in a hot tea to induce a sweat to relieve a fever. It tastes better if you also add mint.

You can chew the leaves to make a styptic poultice (to stop bleeding).

It is a wound healer, astringent and antimicrobial and it can be made into a tincture to act as a bitter to aid with digestion

It is great s an astringent to help with discharges like bleeding from hemorrhoids.

In Chinese Herbal Medicine it dispels wind heat (fevers) regulates Qi and treats blood stagnation.

I am sure you can see why it is a great overall herb!

*This one has a caution is pregnancy and lactation.

Remember the cardinal rule of wildcrafting your own herbs. do not take more than 30% of the herbs in a given area. If you are harvesting roots then do not take more than 10%. Also there may be restrictions in certain wildlife refuges, parks and sanctuaries so know before you go. Lastly some herbs themselves, like ginseng are protected and can only be harvested with a license from the state.

Do not ingest anything that you are not 100% certain of from the wild. There are many herbs and berries that look similar. Mushrooms can be especially dangerous.

This is not health advice so please consult with your doctor or Naturopathic Doctor before adding anything to your herbal regimen as some plants can interact with medicines and are not safe for pregnancy or breast feeding.

*This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional.

*You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

*Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.

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