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Yarrow tea (achillea millefolium) - complementary


An amazing tea that can help with colds and flu, and also help you see in pure colour. Yarrow has an antediluvian history. The generic name comes from Achilles who, according to legend, saved the lives of his warriors by medicinal their wounds with yarrow leaves. Crushed and rolled in the hands the plant provides a impermanent styptic to check blood flow. Millefolium means 'thousand leaves' which were alleged to help with edging a wound and selection a scab to form. One of this acerbic herb's antediluvian names is 'Soldier's Woundwort', along with 'Carpenter's Weed', 'Staunchweed' and others that show its popularity and prolonged use over many centuries.

The herb tea has also been used in the past for stimulating appetite, selection stomach cramps, flatulence, gastritis, enteritis, gallbladder and liver evils and domestic haemorrhage - especially of the lungs. It's air is described as 'diaphoretic', causing the dilation of appear capillaries and ration poor circulation. The promotion of sweating can be convenient for fevers and colds. Yarrow mixed with Elderflower and Peppermint (sometimes Boneset) is an old remedy for colds. A decoction of yarrow has been used for all sorts of outside wounds and sores from chapped skin or sore nipples. In China Yarrow is still painstaking to have sacred properties, readers of the I Ching will often use Yarrow stalks in their studies.

There is one hazard to do to excess of yarrow internally: prolonged use of this tea may render the skin easily hurt to exposure to light. It is this 'side effect' that shows that Yarrow tea has some mild psychotropic effect. A connect of cups of this tea and you may advertisement a shift in the colour and intensity of light about you. For artists or photographers this photosensitiser can every now and then bestow a convenient shift in perception. However, a further name attributed to Yarrow is 'Devil's Plaything' - one suspects that this name was given to numerous herbs used by the witches or 'Wise Women' who were analytically exterminated in the middle-ages in Europe.

Yarrow plants have also been used in tobacco or snuff mixtures and a decoction rubbed into the head is said to delay balding. To make Yarrow tea add two or three fresh or dried foliage per character to boiling water and leave to fill for 5 log or so. Better this with honey if you like. Some colonize like it with a slice of lemon to give this tisane a clean edge.

Thanks to C. Esplan, D. Hoffman, J. Lust, R. Phillips

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