Achillea millefolium

Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Orishas: Oya, Rhiannon

Element: Complicated (Fire, Air and Earth)

During the Trojan war, Yarrow was supposedly used by Achilles to stop the bleeding from his fellow soldiers. Studies have backed up the story by showing this perennial member of the sunflower family stops bleeding.

Medicinal Uses: Yarrow reduces fever and stimulates the appetite. A poultice of fresh leaves to cuts and wounds stops the bleeding and the anti-inflammatory properties will reduce swelling. The astringent properties of yarrow will help treat menstrual cramps and act as a mild sedative. It is also recommended to use the root for sore gums or teeth.

Spiritual Uses: Yarrow can help strengthen the third eye chakra, helping you understand more clearly the messages you receive through divination better. While some sources say yarrow helps with bravery, however, I believe that Yarrow will help a warrior heal after the battle. Perhaps warriors felt that they could fight without fear knowing that Yarrow would be by their side afterwards. Yarrow will remove negativity that is coming from another source (an attack) or within (depression).

Yarrow is a perennial herbaceous non-native species, that grows wild throughout most of the US. It can grow up to 3 feet tall with stems that branch close to the cream-colored flowers. The leaves are feathery and fern-like. A member of the sunflower family, yarrow grows easily in disturbed soils.